The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

May 8, 2013

BOCES students visit GM plant

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Precision Machine Technology Program from the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center recently toured the General Motors Powertrain plant in Tonawanda. Teacher Bill Rakonczay said it was a fascinating trip for his students.

“It is the first time many of them have seen what a large-scale manufacturing plant looks like,” he said. “There were a lot of machines and robotics that they have not been exposed to before and to see them being used in a large capacity and in a fast-paced environment was very exciting for them.”

The students were especially excited to learn that the plant would be hiring more people in the immediate future and some of them have already applied for entry-level positions. 

Jon Bedford’s dad already works there and encouraged his son to apply. “I would like to follow in his footsteps. I really think GM makes a great product and I would love to be able to say that I helped to build a pick-up or a car. If I get hired, after four weeks of training I would be working on those machines.”

He said he knew the tour helped to solidify his feeling that he made the right choice taking the Precision Machine Technology Program.

“When I toured BOCES, I originally thought I would take one of the other programs, but then I came into Mr. Rakonczay’s class and I knew that is what I wanted to do and now it could lead me to a really good paying job.”