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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Herkimer BOCES VP-TECH students tour ELG Utica Alloys
June 27, 2017




VP-TECH students touring Utica Alloys ELG
Bill Kinsella, assistant controller and former production supervisor of ELG Utica Alloys Inc., gives Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students a tour of the ELG Utica Alloys facility in Herkimer on June 8.



HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students recently visited their neighbors on Gros Boulevard in Herkimer: ELG Utica Alloys Inc.

The VP-TECH students toured ELG Utica Alloys to learn more about the company and the variety of jobs there related to what they’re studying in class. It was one of multiple tours VP-TECH students take each year of local businesses.

“I think it’s good for us,” said VP-TECH sophomore Zachary McMahon, of Central Valley, adding that the visits could potentially lead to jobs in the future. “I think it’s good to just show companies that we’re here.”

The VP-TECH tour of ELG Utica Alloys took place on June 8. Joe Farrington, safety manager; Bill Kinsella, assistant controller and former production supervisor; and Andy Manolescu, general manager, gave the tours.

Manolescu said he was impressed with the VP-TECH students, that they were attentive and well-behaved and that they’re on the path to doing really well if they complete VP-TECH.

“They asked a lot of questions,” he said. “Some of the questions they were asking were way above their grade level.”

Students from Herkimer BOCES component school districts enter VP-TECH in ninth grade and spend four to six years in the program – leaving it with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses.

ELG Utica Alloys processes, sources and supplies high-performance alloys and metals for customers worldwide. The company has about 400 employees across multiple sites.

About 100 of the employees are local – with about 80 in Herkimer and 20 in Frankfort, said Sarah Goetz, of human resources for ELG Utica Alloys.

Goetz said the company is hiring, so the connections made through the tour could benefit everybody.

“I think this is great,” she said. “Just introducing opportunities. Just to get students in the door. It’s local too.”

Zachary said he liked the tour.

“It’s pretty cool how much time is spent looking at the metal making sure it’s clean and that there isn’t contamination,” he said.

VP-TECH sophomore Drew Randall, of Central Valley, said it was interesting how the machines do a lot of the work but that it’s up to the operators to make sure the work is being done correctly.

“I liked how large-scale it is,” he said.

The tours help VP-TECH students realize that what they learn in school can be applied in jobs at multiple companies, Drew said.

“I think it’s good that it’s right across the street from us,” he said.




VP-TECH students touring Utica Alloys ELG
Bill Kinsella, assistant controller and former production supervisor of ELG Utica Alloys Inc., gives Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students a tour of the ELG Utica Alloys facility in Herkimer on June 8.


VP-TECH students touring Utica Alloys ELG
Bill Kinsella, assistant controller and former production supervisor of ELG Utica Alloys Inc., gives Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students a tour of the ELG Utica Alloys facility in Herkimer on June 8.


VP-TECH students touring Utica Alloys ELG
Bill Kinsella, assistant controller and former production supervisor of ELG Utica Alloys Inc., gives Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students a tour of the ELG Utica Alloys facility in Herkimer on June 8.


VP-TECH students posing by Utica Alloys ELG sign
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students pose by an ELG Utica Alloys Inc. sign in the lobby of the ELG Utica Alloys facility in Herkimer following a tour on June 8.






 
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