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Brauer named SkillsUSA Adviser of the Year

Thu, Mar 21st 2019 01:40 pm
Scott Brauer
Scott Brauer

Congratulations was extended to Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ project based engineering teacher, Scott Brauer. Brauer, who teaches at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, was named the SkillsUSA New York Area 1 Adviser of the Year. 

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

His journey began when he was a junior in high school and attending BOCES. He said being a member of SkillsUSA gave him direction, purpose and focus. It is one of the reasons he decided to become a career and technical education teacher at the same center he attended and become a SkillsUSA adviser himself.  

“I just want others to experience what I was able to experience as a student. SkillsUSA is life changing,” Brauer said.

Brauer has been a SkillsUSA advisor for 28 years. He has been the lead adviser at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center for the past 12 years and believes that in order to be a great adviser you have to become involved through ardent practice, gathering of information and networking. He trains others not to do things for the young people, but to assist them on their journey. He coordinates all the competitions that the center participates in at the regional, state and national levels. He is also the contest chair for Advanced Manufacturing Technology, CNC and Machining contests at the regional level. His class has been recognized by the New York State Education Department as a Top Career and Technical Education Program in New York state.

He was nominated by his peers across the Area 1 division. One nominator said, “Young people are always the center of Scott’s decisions and plans. He is forever mindful of any action’s impact on the individual or the group. He is always moving forward, taking others with him into the future and the world beyond his classroom.”  

His nomination also said, “Scott is known for many things: his generosity, his selflessness, his devotion to his wife and family, his belief in God, his role as a teacher and mentor, his love for his students and young people, his work ethic, his love of everything outdoors and his involvement with SkillsUSA.”

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