BOCES auto instructor is named one of three finalists for award

Published Oct 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

John Stratton, an automotive instructor at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, has been selected as one of three finalists for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)-North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Education Foundation Award.

Stratton, an instructor at the OHM BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTE), will be invited to attend the SEMA Show Student Program on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev, according to a BOCES announcement.

The award will be presented at the 2018 SEMA Show Education Partners’ Breakfast on Oct. 31. If Stratton is deemed the top finalist, he will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 NACAT Conference, the announcement added.

Among criteria judged for the award are use of aftermarket products in the classroom, development of aftermarket curriculum, instructional standards and tracking of student progress, student involvement in the community, and passions that students bring to the program.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized by such prestigious groups as SEMA and the NACAT Education Foundation,” said Stratton, adding “I look forward to attending the SEMA show and learning about new ways to improve our program here at OHM BOCES.”

Among school districts served by OHM BOCES, which is based in New Hartford, are Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.