Eye Opener for Tech Students at Special Effects Field Trip

April 03, 2019

A visit to a special-effects business in Yonkers recently showed PNW BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students that a career in the trades could mean something quite different from working in construction. It could have them staging blowing up buildings, car flips and even hurricanes.
Eleven students from CTE programs in Construction Electricity, Carpentry, TV Production,
Welding and Computer Graphics toured the Yonkers warehouse of K-F/X, which creates a wide range of special effects for movies and television.
“Original content for the entertainment industry is growing tremendously,” K-F/X shop coordinator Dustin Riedman told the students, adding that almost any trade would be applicable to the business.
Five BOCES CTE graduates currently work at K-F/X, including the owner’s son, Jack Kirshoff, who studied welding at BOCES, graduating in 2008.
The group toured the company’s warehouse, examining bullet-riddled cars, wind and fog machines and the wide range of tools used to create special effects. Showing them a rain special effects trailer in the company’s parking lot, Riedman told the students, “If you see any kind of rain in a movie shot in New York, it’s probably us.”
Graphic Design student Jackie Vaccaro thoroughly enjoyed the visit. “I think it’s awesome, and I really want to work here,” the Putnam Valley senior said.
But the trip didn’t sway Construction Electricity student Joshua Chetel from his career plans. “I’m more of a construction guy,” he said.  
“That’s what these trips are about,” said Melissa Crea, Work Based Learning Coordinator for the Tech Center. “Helping students see what is out there and find what’s best for them.”
CTE students tour the K-F/X warehouse with shop coordinator Dustin Riedman.