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VP-TECH students tour CTM Corp., produce videos
June 13, 2017




Students touring CTM Corp.
CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele gives Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology ninth-graders a tour of the business on April 25 in Frankfort.



Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School ninth-graders recently toured CTM Corp. and produced promotional videos for consideration to be used on CTM Corp.’s website.

VP-TECH teacher Andrew Carpenter teaches computer applications and work readiness classes, and the video project applied to both, he said.

“They’re really doing this for a business,” he said. “The goal of the work readiness class is to make them employable and develop their soft skills. I think it was a good experience for them.”

Students from Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES component school districts enter VP-TECH in ninth grade and spend four to six years in the program – leaving it with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses.

VP-TECH ninth-graders toured CTM Corp. in Frankfort on April 25, and then CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele visited the students at Herkimer BOCES to watch the videos they made using Microsoft PowerPoint.
After watching the video presentations, Naegele offered some advice to the students such as to make some cuts to ensure they aren’t losing people’s attention.

“You guys did a great job for a first cut,” he said. “Thank you.”

‘Come see us’

During the tour, Naegele took students around the shop, explained how the machines work, provided some demonstrations and showed them the quality control area, where the inspecting is done.

CTM Corp. sales engineer John Piseck also spoke to students during the tour about various topics such as parts CTM Corp. has made for Mars missions, what a typical day at CTM Corp. is like, how the company sometimes produces 3D-printed parts before making the item in metal and his advice for the students.

“You want to get as much hands-on as you can,” Piseck said. “That’ll give you a much better understanding.”

Piseck also talked about the importance of VP-TECH and career and technical education programs.

“You’re only in ninth grade,” he said. “You’re getting a good start on things.”

Sharon Lanza, customer relations for CTM Corp., told the story of her father, Erich Naegele, starting CTM Corp. and how the machine shop has developed as a family business.

“It’s a good trade if you want to get into it,” she said. “You will find work anywhere in the United States.”

CTM Corp. and many other companies need skilled workers to fill open jobs, Lanza said, and she encouraged students to keep on the VP-TECH path.

“I hope you stick with it,” she said. “And listen to your teachers.”

As the students were leaving, Lanza had one last message for them regarding potentially working at CTM Corp. in the future.

“Go to school, learn a trade and then come see us,” she said.

‘Real-world experience’

VP-TECH ninth-grader Zack Janis, 15, of Frankfort-Schuyler said it was “pretty cool” to tour CTM Corp., and he enjoyed learning about the machines used there.

For the video presentation, students had two weeks to work in groups using PowerPoint and then converted the final version to video.

Zack said he learned a lot about CTM Corp. during the process of developing the video.

“I definitely want to work there,” he said. “It looked pretty cool.”

VP-TECH ninth-grader Zack Kleist, 14, of Dolgeville, also said he liked the tour and most enjoyed seeing CTM Corp.’s machines.

“They were pretty high tech,” he said.

VP-TECH ninth-grader Toby Desjardins, 15, of West Canada Valley, said he enjoyed learning about the history of CTM Corp. and was surprised by the broad range of work the company does.

“They do many more other things that I wasn’t aware of,” he said.

The video project helped students develop various skills, Toby said.

“It was a great experience of a deadline given to you by a business,” he said. “It gives you real-world experience.”



John Piseck talks to VP-TECH students at a table at CTM Corp.
CTM Corp. sales engineer John Piseck speaks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology ninth-graders during a tour of the business on April 25 in Frankfort.


VP-TECH students hear about the history of CTM Corp. in CTM Corp. hallway
Sharon Lanza, customer relations for CTM Corp., talks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology ninth-graders about the company’s history during a tour of the business on April 25 in Frankfort.


CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele talks to students in the VP-TECH classroom
CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele talks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology ninth-graders while visiting VP-TECH on May 12 to view videos the students developed about CTM Corp.


CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele and VP-TECH students watch student videos
CTM Corp. President Steven Naegele and Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology ninth-graders watch other students put on a video presentation about VP-TECH on May 12 at Herkimer BOCES.







 
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