widespread attention being drawn to the need for skilled trades
workers like electricians, it still is shocking to find a
student attending a traditional school who says he or she wants
to become electrician.
But that was not the case for
Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) junior
Louis Storti, who knew as soon as he toured the CTE campus last
school year that he got a charge out of the electrical industry.
"I had taken a few electrical courses before and I came here my
sophomore year to tour the place and I just fell in love with
the program," he said during a recent break from running
circuits in class.
"I love it. I can honestly say I love everything about
the program. The classroom is great. The teachers are great. The
environment is great. I love the work,â€� Storti added.
He is one of 41 students in the two-year program at CTE that
often boasts a waiting list of area high schoolers who would like
torti and his classmates are learning the skills
necessary for careers as residential electricians, industrial
electricians, locomotive electricians, utility company
repairers, electrical inspectors, linemen and other related
The career potential is great for those who complete their
training. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
there will be a double-digit increase in demand for electricians
through 2024 and the median U.S. salary for an electrician was
$51,880 last year.
Storti said that when he completes the CTE program in 2018, he
plans to seek out further specialized training before joining
as a lineman.
"After I graduate, I plan to go to Hudson Valley Community
College to continue my education and then go on to lineman
school. â€¦. BOCES, though, has given me a head start on my future
and taught me the skills I need to succeed in the future,â€� he
In the top photo, Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical
School (CTE) student electrical trades student Louis Storti
tests his successful creation of an electrical circuit in class
at the Albany CTE campus.