Automotive/Collision Technology students welcome community to the 2022 Car Show
On Sunday, May 22, students from the Automotive Technology program, along with Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Sound Production and TV/Video Production programs, participated in the 8th annual Classic Car Show at the Southern Westchester BOCES’ Careers Campus in Valhalla.
“It’s great to welcome people back to this event in the post-COVID era,” said Assistant Principal Phil Donohue. “It’s a sign that we are returning to normal, and we’re thrilled to be doing this.”
Sponsored by the Rock n’ Rods of New York, the event featured awesome automobiles from muscle cars to Model Ts to restored ’57 Chevys. But it was the colorful Corvettes that stole the show for Mr. Donohue. “I’m a Corvette fan, and there’s about seven of them here today, so I’d say those are my favorites.”
Throughout the event, attendees learned about various CTE programs as Culinary Arts students helped serve hot dogs and hamburgers while Cosmetology students offered nail and face painting as part of their fundraising initiative. TV/Video and Sound Production students filmed the event and provided the audio system for music and announcements.
“It’s so nice to see our students volunteer for this and gain extra work-based learning hours from it,” said Cosmetology teacher Yolanda Lopez. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our program.”
Collision Technology teacher Paul Casagrande was delighted to see his students’ excitement driven by the vehicles on display. “By interacting with the owners of the cars who are here today, my students are able to see what type of work they can be involved in when they graduate,” Mr. Casagrande said. “It’s a great networking opportunity for them.”
Anthony Steele, a senior in the Collision Technology program, hopes the Car Show inspires other kids to consider joining BOCES. “I want the community to see how useful these programs are,” said Anthony. “It teaches you so many different skills, and I guarantee a lot of shops will hire you right out of school, and that’s what we want people to know.”
Although clouds rolled in by late morning, the thunderous roar heard by all wasn’t due to the weather, but rather two race cars when their owners fired up the engines. Students and spectators gathered around and watched in awe as the deafening sounds filled the air.
“The car show brings our community together by involving both students and teachers from many of our programs,” Mr. Donohue said. “They get first-hand experience by dealing with customers in a real-world situation—we try to expose them to that as much as we can.”
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