May 24, 2014

Tricks of the trades: CV-TEC holds open house

MINEVILLE — Michael Flack will soon be leaving Champlain Valley Technical Educational Center in Mineville with the skills he needs to enter the military.

“I know what I’m doing and where I’m going,” said Flack, a senior at Moriah Central School, during the recent CV-TEC open house.

He has a positive, upbeat attitude, and in August he’s off to the US. Army to start his career in law enforcement.

That attitude was instilled in him and other students by criminal justice program teacher Michael Doyle at the Technical Educational Center.

“He’s a great teacher, who stresses professionalism,” Flack said of Doyle, who retired from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and is currently a town justice in Elizabethtown.

During the average school day, the criminal justice students are transported from their high schools in southern Essex County to CV-TEC in Mineville, where, in uniform, they line up for inspection by Doyle.

They’re taught that in law enforcement, acting and being professional is important all the time, said Flack, who came in fourth out of 30 students at a statewide three-day law-enforcement program competition in Syracuse.


At the recent CV-TEC open house, visitors were able to witness the various professions open to students.

Other training for jobs includes building trades, auto mechanics, welding, heavy-equipment operation, the assembly industry and cosmetology.

If you’re under 21 and want to go to high school and simultaneously learn a trade, CV-TEC is the place to be, 16-year-old student Carolyn Simard said.

Simard wants to become a correction officer in a federal prison following graduation. She had three uncles who were in corrections.

“If you start in the field of security, you have a step up on the competition for getting a job in the prisons,” Simard said. “Or junior college is an option, then go to corrections.”

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