SGI Student Takes 2nd at NYS SkillsUSA Competition

Students from Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES (E2CCB) recently traveled to the New York State Fairgrounds to take part in the New York State SkillsUSA Conference. Combining their classroom knowledge and hands-on experience, the students competed against other schools in exercises judged by industry professionals. Some participated in individual activities while others completed exercises as teams.

“It’s an amazing experience for the kids,” according to Paul Hoch, a SkillsUSA advisor at the Ormsby Educational Center in East Aurora. “It allows them to show the capabilities they’ve learned within the Career & Technical Education program. They find out how well they do in comparison to other students across the state and it shows how much they’ve grown over the course of one or two years.”

Thirteen E2CCB students placed in the competition, including a student from Springville-Griffith Institute High School. David Gangler took the second place award for his work in the Welding Sculpture competition.

For juniors, the event is a new experience that will help prepare them for next year’s conference. For seniors, it is a great way to finish the time in their Career & Technical Education classes. “They get excited,” says Hoch. “You have some tough moments within the competition. But when it comes down to it, it’s really great to see how it brings the students together.”

SkillsUSA is a national organization that prepares students for the workforce. Members have opportunities to earn scholarships, network, participate in community service projects and grow as leaders.
Other SGI Students Who Competed:

  • Julia Burgard
  • Jacob Bystryk
  • Emily Leverentz
  • Stephanie Young

About Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES

The Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus (E2CC) BOCES is one of 37 BOCES in New York State. The E2CC BOCES represents all the school districts in Chautauqua County, southern Erie County, and part of Cattaraugus County, a geographical area of 1,791 square miles. Services are offered in the following areas: Adult Education & Workforce Development, Special Education, Alternative Education, Career & Technical Education, Staff & Curriculum Development, Instructional Support Services, Technology Services, Management Services, and others. For more information, visit