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Celebrating Future Trades Leaders: NCTWC and DeWalt Honor CTE Students

The Northeast Construction Trades Workforce Coalition (NCTWC) proudly partnered with DeWalt’s Grow the Trades Program to honor WSWHE BOCES and Questar III BOCES Career and Technical (CTE) students going directly into the trades workforce.


CTE Signing Day

In early June, students were recognized at CTE Signing Days for successfully securing the first step to their future by committing to employment with signed letters of intent.

CTE programs have added to the local economy and signing days are a way of honoring and thanking students who are helping to meet the needs for trades work in our communities.

CTE Signing

Proud families, members of the school community, and local business partners looked on as Doug Ford, President of NCTWC congratulated students embarking on a career in  construction tech, heavy equipment, HVAC, and welding with the presentation of a sturdy DeWalt tool bag complete with some tools to help jump start their new beginnings. This  generous donation from DeWalt’s Grow the Trades Program assists in developing the  incoming construction workforce and supports non-profit organizations such as NCTWC, dedicated to growing the trades. 

This marks the third year the Coalition has been involved in this program; rewarding over 500  graduating BOCES students with a special gift. “It is one of our favorite times of the year,” says NCTWC Executive Director, Pam Stott . “BOCES and our Coalition have formed an  invaluable partnership in recognizing the increasing demand for a skilled workforce and our  combined efforts to support the trades.”



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