Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

Unlocking Potential

Matt Huber, an energy engineer with PRES Energy, is back in high school mentoring current BOCES 2 WEMOCO HVAC students.

“Career and Technical Education is unique in that it allows students a pathway to the workforce or to higher education. CTE gives students superior tools to succeed at college and on the job.”

Huber earned a degree in business from MCC, an AAS from SUNY Canton in HVAC Engineering and will soon complete a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at RIT.

His words of wisdom to students, “set professional goals and go after them. You are your best advocate.”


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    That is how Destiny Brumfield found herself, months later, winning second place for Commercial Baking in the 29th annual SkillsUSA Region I Leadership Conference and Skills Olympics held at Alfred State.  Her winning entry was a two-layer cake with raspberry filling and buttercream frosting, cookies, dinner rolls, and braided bread.

    This achievement also earned her the opportunity to compete at the state level. Although she did not place at the state competition, she said that all of her bakes came out very well and she received great feedback from the judges.

    When asked about the baking program at WEMOCO, Brumfield said, “I loved it. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I do. It was a great experience.”

    “The ability to follow instructions with a clear understanding is one of Destiny’s strong points among many others.  She is very safety conscious, exhibits good teamwork skills, takes pride in her work and shows initiative.  She is dependable, responsible, and honest, has a positive attitude, and exhibits great leadership as well.  She is one of those students that you wish you had more of in your class,” said Thomas Noto, Baking Teacher at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.

    “I like to explore – trying new things, going to a new food place, trying something different or out of the ordinary.” This sense of adventure led her into the kitchen and, in the fall, it will take her to Niagara Community College where she will study Baking and Pastry Arts. 

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    This first-of-its-kind trip was coordinated by the CaSS teachers, supervisors and administrators as a way to challenge and engage students in a new way to help them overcome cognitive and behavioral limitations they may face.

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