U.S. Representative Paul Tonko met with students from across the Capital Region Friday as he toured Mohonasen and Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes in the new Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen (CAT).
During his more than one-hour visit, Tonko praised the forward-thinking of Mohonasen and BOCES officials for their collaboration in the facility, which opened last month.
“The future from every vantage point is happening here under this roof,” Tonko told students.
“To see all of the activities, from alternative energy to welding to video game design, theater and sterile processing technology is inspiring,” he added.
Joined by Mohonasen Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Spring, Mohonasen Academic Administrator for Science and Technology Makensie Bullinger, Capital Region BOCES Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynne Wells and BOCES Career and Technical Education Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Kelsey, Tonko visited each of the classrooms in the building, meeting students and shaking hands while learning about their programs.
The congressman told the students that they are on the cutting edge of the economy, and whether they are pursuing technological education, the trades or a combination of the two, the global innovative economy needs them.
Innovation aside, Tonko also praised the type of education being offered in the CAT building by Mohonasen and CTE and in CTE programs across the region.
“Hands-on delivery of education where you as students experience first-hand the demands of workforce is crucial to the success” of the U.S. in the battle to be the leader of the global economy, Tonko said.
“We need the trades to be developed so that we can function adequately as a society,” he said.
Opened for the start of the 2016-17 school year, the Center for Advanced Technology is a new, state-of-the-art building located on the Mohonasen High School campus. The approximately 53,000-square foot learning facility is home to a variety of modern, high-tech labs and classrooms for Mohonasen and BOCES CTE programs.