Career and Technical Education

96% of Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education Students Graduate High School.

65% of Graduates move on to Colleges and Universities.

97% of Graduates go on to College, Employment, or the Military.

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Erie 1 BOCES Class Building Stools — and Life Skills

The humming of electric wood sanders and the dust they made filled the air of Debra Gampietro’s workshop on a recent morning at the Erie 1 BOCES Potter Career & Technical Center.

Her Occupation Education I (OE1) class was busy working on the final project for their segment on building trades, building wooden stools from scratch.

“The students go five weeks (per session) and we go different places,” said Gampietro, who is in her first year of running the OE1 class. “The first five weeks…they took care of a garden outside. I had them paint pumpkins in their school colors. We weeded the garden and got it ready for spring planting. We also worked with the adult nursing program doing blood pressures and weights. And next week, we start auto.”

Joey Flanigan of West Seneca East sands his wooden stool during an Occupational Education I class at the Erie 1 BOCES Potter Career & Technical Center. 


Despite the seemingly diverse subject matter, she said the segments have an important common thread.

“It’s life skills,” said Gampietro. “They have to measure. In auto, they’re going to change tires and do oil changes. This is basic stuff that everybody should know how to do.”

The stool project is a prime example of that – including priming.

“Each student had to measure all of their wood,” she said. “There’s no pattern. They used a miter saw to cut the wood…then they’ve had to fill the holes, sand it, prime it and then we’re going to stain them.”

When the dust settles, the students will be bringing the stools home as a tangible example of what they’re learning in the OE1 program. And Gampietro said she hopes they’ll bring one more important life lesson home.

“We’re (also) teaching them patience,” she said.
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