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Victoria L Pinney Gregory
Ag Technology Instructor at Afton Central School
Ms. Gregory has taught Agriculture Technology for twenty five years at Afton Central School. Prior to that, she taught for seven years at Oxford Academy, and prior to that she taught in the Utica City and Rochester City schools. She has been on the Board of Education at Unadilla Valley Central School for eighteen years. She served the former New Berlin Central School and was the first President of the newly formed Unadilla Valley Board after the merger of the South New Berlin and New Berlin schools.
She is in the DCMO BOCES Alumni Hall of Fame, she was a Chenango County School Boards Association Member of the year, she received an honorary National FFA American degree, and she has been the New Berlin Citizen of the year. She is a past Chenango County School Board President, past New York FFA Foundation Chairperson, and she is currently the Pittsfield Fire Department Secretary and New Berlin Rotary RYLA Chairperson.
Ms. Gregory’s philosophy is to invest time, energy, and money into youth as she feels that the investment will pay rewards later in the form of a positive community that values education. For this, and her career and continued dedication to DCMO BOCES, their component schools, staff, communities, and most importantly students she has received this special recognition.
1976 – Culinary Arts Program
President and CEO of Ouimet Resources LLC,
Michael a 1976 graduate, and the third Ouimet brother to be selected for the BOCES Hall of Distinction this year attended the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Following his graduation from Cornell, he began his career in the food service industry as the Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director for the Sun Valley Resort in Idaho. From there, he moved on to the management of high volume country clubs. In the mid-1980s, he transitioned to the Interstate Travel business, taking over a center which had the highest volume in sales in the nation, eventually adding locations to become an enterprise with over $100 million in annual sales. Since then, he became the owner/operator of several franchise locations, including both fast food and full-service restaurants. He currently owns and operates 41 restaurants and full-service travel centers, in addition to serving as President and CEO of Ouimet Resources LLC, a consulting firm providing services to clients in the travel center, convenience store, and franchise industries.
“I am very proud to have attended BOCES/CTE and I credit Bea Souders (my food service instructor) with much of my success,” commented Ouimet.
2004 Welding Program
Manager at The Raymond Corporation, Greene, N.Y.
Ruben is graduate from DCMO Welding Program. He plays a key role in closing the skills gap at The Raymond Corporation's Greene, N.Y. location. He has been promoted four times in his 13 years with The Raymond Corporation. He was initially hired as a Welder A and has been promoted through the ranks to Welder 1 in 2004, an Assistant Team Leader in 2007, Welding Supervisor in 2011, and now to his current position as Welding Manager since 2013. Each promotion has brought new challenges that Sitts has worked hard to overcome and meet successfully.
He holds certifications in welding inspection and welding supervision from the American Welding Society. Sitts is working toward his bachelor's degree at Empire State College, and he currently serves on a few consultant committees for area vocational schools and is involved with SkillsUSA at the state and national levels. In his spare time, Sitts volunteers as a manufacturing cluster chair for New York State's Chapter of SkillsUSA, and has been asked to help judge the Welding Fabrication competition at the Skills National conference this year in Kentucky. Sitts was recently recognized by Plant Engineering magazine as a 2016 Leaders Under 40 honoree. He remains involved with DCMO BOCES mentoring middle school students with STEM career exploration programs.
1994 - Unique Career Program
Physical & Health Education Teacher at Oxford Academy
“Unique careers came to my high school my junior year to explain the program, and my guidance counselor encouraged me to explore my options. I wanted to be a veterinarian, so I thought, but after looking at the number of years of college I wanted to explore other avenues. So with the encouragement of my counselor (Ginny Pluta), I went on a one-day shadowing experience and fell in love with teaching. My senior year I shadowed high school, primary and special education teachers in Physical Education and gained great mentors, colleagues, and friends whom I still cherish today.”
“I currently am in my 19th year teaching at Oxford High school where I teach Physical Education and Health education. I love coaching youth and modified, giving the young athlete the tools to excel in high school when I have them in class again.”
Connie S. Hulbert
1989 – Early Childhood Program
Teaching Assistant - Certified Nursing Assisting Program at DCMO BOCES
Connie proudly shared her success story with us by saying, “I attended the Early Childhood program with Mrs. Fleming as my instructor. I attended for my senior year. While in the program I learned many valuable skills and knowledge that has helped me succeed in my career path. I initially went to college to pursue my teaching degree then realized I was better suited to become a nurse. I obtained my LPN degree and worked for Bassett healthcare for 22 years. I then decided I would like to give back to future nurses and received the opportunity to become a teaching assistant in the BOCES CNA program. Working in this program has allowed me to enjoy a fulfilling career in both career fields. “
“While at BOCES I had the honor of receiving the "Student of the Year" and was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). I was very honored to be awarded both of these awards, so as a part of the instruction staff here I BOCES, I try to encourage our students to work toward these honors. I am currently one of the NTHS advisors.”
“One hundred years ago the 64th Congress and President Woodrow Wilson laid the foundation for today’s CTE by making the nation’s first federal investment in secondary education that prepares students for career success.
This month, DCMO BOCES Celebrates
100 Years of CTE Success.
1968 Auto Technology
Western NY Field Team Associate
CTE Technical Assistance Center
Tell us your success story :
“I remember my CTE experience well. I guess I lived it my whole life and I am still living it. It started with my visit to see my school counselor as a junior in High School. He told me that my grades were not at a point that I would be going to college to be a coach like I wanted to, and maybe I should pick a different career. He looked out his window into the parking lot and noticed my car that I had bought. I was working after school in a Texaco Gas Station after school to make the payments. He asked if I liked cars and I said yes. He said, we have this new automotive class that is starting at a place called BOCES in Norwich next year and I should consider taking it as a senior. I agreed to attend. I remember my first day in the class and my teacher, Mr. Darling like it was yesterday. The experience of learning something that I really saw the relevance in was so powerful that I was hooked on learning more. I would come to school mainly because of the class that senior year. At the end of the year I said I wanted to go to automotive school and be just like Mr. Darling.
I subsequently was accepted to Hudson Valley Community College in the Auto Technology program. I was hooked again! Mr. Ashley my teacher was just like Mr. Darling and made so much sense. Learning was fun! I never liked school, but these classes were so much fun and made my high school Math, English, and Science classes, that I was not a good student in, finally make sense to me. Now I truly understood where I would use ELA, Math, and Science. In high school the teachers said you need to learn this to get a good grade and to graduate which really did not convince me to be a good student. They never could answer the question: Where Will I Ever Use This?
After college, I worked for Benedict Corporation in Norwich as an Auto Technician until Mr. John Kiernan, the Director at the BOCES offered me a job as a Teaching Assistant in the Auto program at BOCES working with my old teacher, Mr. Darling. I was really scared the first day of school but I loved teaching. I was hooked again and wanted to be a teacher, so I enrolled at SUNY Oswego in the teacher education program. I finished my degree and began as a teacher of the automotive class alongside my teacher Mr. Darling. He was a great teacher. We became very close friends and had really large classes with some of the best young people in the county who went on to be great professionals in the automotive field.
After teaching for 15 years, I decided to become the Work Experience Coordinator at BOCES. This meant going back to Cornell University to get another certification. I loved this job as much as my teaching position because I was responsible to help find jobs for all of the CTE students that attended BOCES. What a great feeling to see someone secure a full-time job right out of High School. I loved it! Then the Assistant Superintendent at BOCES Mr. Harrold wanted me to run the Adult Education program at BOCES. I was then selected for the job coordinator of Adult Education with the BOCES. This was at a time where companies in the area were closing right and left and many people my parent’s age were left unemployed and under educate. We provided CTE programs for the adults to help them back on their feet and working again. Hundreds of adults went through our programs and were able to find work in new careers as a result of the CTE classes at BOCES. This was another very rewarding experience. Mr. Harrold then informed me that I need to obtain my administrative certification. This was another challenge, as it meant back to school! I enrolled at SUNY Oswego in the administrative classes and completed with my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and my certification as a school administrator. There was a Principal vacancy at the Chenango Campus and I was urged to apply. I was interviewed by my new boss Dr. Cohen and a team of teachers and was selected as the Principal for the Chenango campus. I was honored but found out that I still had a lot to learn, and was fortunate to have Dr. Cohen as a mentor as well as my supervisor. I learned so much from Dr. Cohen. A few years passed and the BOCES had a vacancy for the Director of CTE. I applied for the position and was selected! Again, I had much to learn But Dr. Cohen and the District Superintendent, Alan Pole, were there to mentor and mode.
2013 - Carpentry and Building Trades Program
Cabinetmaker at T-Squared Custom Millwork
My name is Dillon Robinson. I am a Norwich native who graduated from Norwich Senior High School with an Honors Diploma in 2013. While there, in my junior and senior year, I attended the DCMO BOCES CTE program for Carpentry & Building Trades. Under the supervision and guidance of Kent Rubottom, I learned valuable skills, while having fun, creating a variety of items from wood. I was honored to be picked for the Skills USA Area II Conference, and took 1st place in the Cabinetmaking Competition. The competition put me in the mindset of doing the best I could, while meeting time constraints, and helped me figure out that this was something I would continue to do. At the graduation ceremony from BOCES, I received the Outstanding Student Award for Carpentry and Building Trades and was a recipient of the National Technical Honor Society.
It was important to me to find the right college that would set me on the path I wanted to go, so I applied to a college I knew would help me improve my woodworking skills – SUNY Delhi, for the Carpentry/Woodworking program. I was fortunate to get in, and due to my love of the trade and interest in gaining as much knowledge about it as possible, I remained on the Dean’s List for all eight semesters, finishing at the top of my class. I knew that I needed to make my time at Delhi count, and in 2015, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Delhi.
Four weeks after my graduation from SUNY Delhi, I landed a job in a local cabinet shop in Oxford, T-Squared Custom Millwork, and am still there today. I hope someday to have my own woodworking shop, but in the meantime, I continue to do what I love while I hone my skills. I believe you need to work towards your dream and do everything you can to make it happen.
2002 CNA Program