Tech Center Graduates Four Hundred and Fifty in Class of 2019

June 14, 2019

Future engineers, nurses, fashion designers, chefs, graphic artists, builders, environmental scientists, physicians and physical therapists graduated Tuesday from the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown.
In all, 450 students from 18 local school districts graduated from more than 40 programs of study including Advertising Art & Design, Animation and Motion Graphics, Baking and Pastry Arts, Automotive Repair, Law Enforcement, Sports Medicine, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Construction Electricity, to name a few.
 “We’re here to celebrate the accomplishments and outstanding work of the students of the Career and Technical Education Center,” said District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan. “I am fully confident that you are well prepared. It has been our distinct pleasure to work with all of you.”
Mahopac’s Stephanie Felizardo, Tech Valedictorian and a graduate of the Child Development and Education program, said,  “Without my experience at the Tech Center, I don’t know where I would be. We will be not one, but two steps, ahead of all of our peers in the workforce and college thanks to what we learned here.”
Putnam Valley’s Joshua Uchetel, Tech Salutatorian and a graduate of the Construction Electricity program, told his fellow graduates “having the right mindset makes all the difference.” Uchetel said he was filled with anticipation for the next stage of his life, and urged his peers to “follow your dreams and find your path.”
Other students who participated in the ceremony included Troy Bates, a Law Enforcement graduate who led the pledge of allegiance; Matt Holic, who sang the National Anthem; and Jalissa Pugh and Grace Claffey, Cosmetology graduates who read the closing poem.
Finally, Career Academy Principal Stephen Lowery encouraged students “to persevere when life hands them setbacks because that is the only way to succeed.”