CTE Signing Day 2022

Eight Seniors Honored At CTE Signing Day
Posted on 06/02/2022

The achievements of eight Career and Technical Education seniors, and the educational contributions of six employers from the Madison-Oneida BOCES region were celebrated on Thursday. The students, and the valued community partners that oversee their internships, were honored as part of the second annual CTE Signing Day celebration held in the Rossetti Courtyard. 

CTE Signing Day is an event that highlights seniors who have been offered immediate employment from the businesses where they completed their senior year internships. The students commemorate that special occasion by presenting their internship mentors with a framed certificate of appreciation, along with a small token of gratitude on behalf of Madison-Oneida BOCES. 

The event celebrates the vital role our internship partners play in educating our students, and in preparing them to be “College and Career Ready”. 

Five school districts were represented among the graduating seniors honored.
Two new employers celebrated hiring a student on signing day for the first time: Hartman Enterprises of Oneida, and Urtz Service Company of Verona. 

The 2022 Signing Day class includes: 

Olivia Taylor (Rome Free Academy/Equine and Animal Science)

Mentored by Mary Jo Sears - Runnings
Olivia Taylor

Olivia plans to attend Mohawk Valley Community College to study American Sign Language. At Runnings, her job responsibilities will include all facets of sales floor operations. 

“She’s energetic, she’s always happy to help customers, and she goes where she needs to go without any problems,” Sears said. 

Kerrynn Lohr (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill/Outdoor Power Equipment)

Mentored by Ray Tubbs - Runnings
Kerrynn Lohr

Kerrynn will follow high school with direct entry into the workforce with her mentors at Runnings. Her job responsibilities will primarily include operations in the farm department. 

“Kerrynn is willing to help out anywhere,” Tubbs said. “She’s upbeat, she’s always on time, and brings a really positive attitude.”

Ryan Aumell (Canastota/New Visions Law, Government, & Public Administration)

Mentored by Brad Newman - Madison County Highway Department
Ryan Aumell

Ryan will be working with Madison County while pursuing his General Studies degree at Mohawk Valley Community College. He will work in all areas of the department, including worksite safety and the department’s sign shop. 

“Ryan was willing to learn and was interested in what we were doing,” Newman said. “He was very enthusiastic about joining us at the highway department.”
Morgan Zike (Camden/New Visions Allied Health)

Mentored by Adrienne Blaszak - Oneida Health (Not pictured)
Morgan Zike
Morgan will be studying Radiology at Mohawk Valley Community College while working as a CT Technician’s Aide at Oneida Health. She will work full-time hours when classes are not in session.

“This opportunity means everything,” Zike said. “They’re giving me the opportunity to start my career, and the experience to go further if i need to.”

Caleb Decker (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill/New Visions Professions) Mentored by Cale Decker - Decker Land Surveying

Caleb Decker

Caleb has been with his family business since the age of 12, and someday hopes to own it. He will be attending St. Bonaventure to study business management, and wants to pursue an additional four year degree in surveying from the University of Maine. 

“He’s such a hard worker and one of my best employees,” Cale Decker said. “I’m looking forward to him taking over this business someday when I retire.”

Keegan Bauer (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill/Conservation)

Mentored by Cale Decker - Decker Land Surveying
Keegan Bauer

Keegan will be doing outdoor field work, indoor mapping, and operating various pieces of surveying equipment with Decker in hopes of obtaining post-college employment with the company. He plans to attend the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. 

“He has been very prompt and is a good employee,” Decker said. “Keegan has done a great job.”

Alyssa Enslow (Stockbridge Valley/Manufacturing Technology)

Mentored by Jaime Sweet, Anthony Armelino, and Bob Kocik - Hartman Enterprises
Alyssa Enslow
Alyssa did not originally plan on studying manufacturing technology, as she aspired to work with animals. However, the decision to stick with the manufacturing field has sparked a new career interest. She surprised her mentors at signing day by informing them of her new plans to study manufacturing technology at Morrisville State. While in college, she will continue to rotate through the different departments at Hartman.
“She’s integrated on every single team we’ve put her on,” Armelino said. “She brings a fresh perspective to our organization and a lot of youthful energy.”

Tyler Fisher (Stockbridge Valley/HVAC-Electrical)

Mentored by Durwood Sorensen, Urtz Service Company
Tyler Fisher
Tyler will follow his high school days by integrating directly into the HVAC service team at Urtz Service Company. He will start by doing cleanings and limited service work, and will increase his responsibilities as his on-the-job knowledge expands. He may return to MOBOCES in an effort to further his HVAC studies in the Adult Education Program. 

“He showed up every day, he’s polite, he’s pleasant, and he’s got a great head on his shoulders,” Sorensen said.