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Episode 42: Lifelong Skills to Pay the Bills from WSWHE BOCES

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Jared Davis and Samuel Stork - teacher and graduate respectively from WSWHE BOCES! They've got programs in dozens of different subjects for kids and adults alike, but one particular strength of their offerings is the Blue Collar menu! Horticulture, heavy equipment operation, welding, automotive - whatever your shade of blue, BOCES has a program for you!

00:15 - Introductions: Love That Blue Collar Coffee!

02:06 - Greetings From WSWHE

03:30 - This Week at BOCES

05:12 - Well to Do About Welding

06:13 - Heavy Equipment Training!

08:34 - A Stork’s Journey: Working Day TWO After Graduation!

11:42 - A Little Bit of Everything

13:16 - Is College On the Table?

14:56 - Class During COVID

15:53 - What Makes Us Blue?

18:41 - A Blue Collar Teacher’s Job: Keep Those Kids’ Fingers and Toes Intact!

20:47 - The BOCES Advantage: Those Skills Last a Lifetime!

21:53 - No Fringe Benefits for You!

22:26 - Hundreds of Partners, Hundreds of Opportunities!

24:09 - Placement Metrics… 50% Job Market, 50% Military!

25:38 - How to Get In Touch

26:27 - Is BOCES Right for You?.. YES!

27:32 - Working Towards the Future: Young People DO Want to Work!

28:39 - Adult Learning Options

30:47 - Visit the Website:

31:27 - CTE Works

33:24 - Closing Remarks: Shoutout to Michaels Group!



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guests

    Jared Davis & Samuel Stork

  • Runtime

    34 Minutes, 58 Seconds

  • Air Date

    November 13th, 2023