A Job Weld Done: Welding Alum, Chase Wojtanik, Says Farewell To TST BOCES As He Enters The Workforce

Chase Wojtanik, a 2022 Welding and Newfield High
School alum, takes his first steps into the professional
work world. Still feeling like he has the world in his hands
after graduation, he is currently waiting on recruitment
season for Plumber and Steamfitters Union Local 81. In
the meantime, the soon to be welder steps up to the plate
working at Kings Concrete located in Newfield.

Wojtanik takes a stroll down memory lane as he
remembers his time at Career and Tech fondly; giving all
credit to his teacher Randy Jackson. “Randy Jackson is
an amazing mentor, teacher, and role model. I appreciate
everything he has taught me,” he says. Wojtanik also
shared that within his welding pathway he developed
different skill sets like building a strong work ethic and
professional development. He was able to engage in
mock interviews in class, which built his confidence and
communication skills.

Being a part of TST BOCES overall for Wojtanik was
a blast. The curriculum was fun and he felt that it was
rewarding to work hands-on. In class, Jackson would
first guide students into their lesson of the day by having
morning table talks. Those memories of storytelling and
comradery with his teacher and fellow classmates made
Wojtanik feel a strong sense of community. When asked
what his favorite part about being in this class was, his
answer was simple, “My favorite part of welding class was
showing up to see my buddies, my teacher, and getting to
melt some metal.”

As Wojtanik reflects on entering this new chapter of
his life, he cannot recommend more that students look
into entering a trade. In his opinion, learning to be open
minded, respectful, and humble is the foundation of being
a top notch worker. “My advice for students going into
the trades would be to learn as much as you can at TST
BOCES, and then when you go into the workforce, listen
to every bit of advice people give you. Do not act like you
know everything because these guys have been doing
their jobs for a long time.”

TST BOCES wishes the best for Wojtanik as he continues
being a lifelong learner and starts his career. For more
information on Career and Technical pathways, please
visit tstboces.org/cte.