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NCTEC holds SkillsUSA signing day


Tue, May 14th 2024 12:55 pm

By Lisa Bielmeier

Orleans/Niagara BOCES Public Relations Director

Two seniors in Scott Brauer’s project based engineering program, at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, signed their letters of intent for after graduation.

May 9 is SkillsUSA National Signing Day and Emerick Muck (Wilson) and Jaiden Fleckenstein (Lewiston-Porter) both promised to put their talents to use upon graduation and enter the workforce. The purpose of the event is to spotlight students who will play a critical role in the future workforce in the area.

Orleans/Niagara BOCES has found much success in regional, state and national SkillsUSA competitions. Seth Muck, a SkillsUSA adviser at the center, said they are planning on making this an annual celebration to showcase the next generation of skilled professionals and the skilled career paths that have been, are and always will be essential to America’s future.

The letter states that the students recognize the growing need for professionals within the skilled trades and are ready to help close the skills gap by committing to a career or technical education in their chosen career path.

Emerick is committing to the U.S. Navy in the nuclear engineering program. Fleckenstein will be joining the staff at Nuclear Alloys Corp. as a CNC machinist.

SkillsUSA said, “With the ongoing labor shortage continuing to affect so many skilled trade areas, generating student interest in pursuing these in-demand, high paying careers and honoring those who do – is more vital than ever.”

From left: Bonita Muck (grandmother), Seth Muck (father), Emerick Muck (Wilson), Andrea Muck (mother) and Bruce Muck (grandfather).

From left: Braxton Schafer (Nuclear Alloys Corp.) and Jaiden Fleckenstein (Lewiston-Porter).

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