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AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

AutoTech Program Keeps Local Grad Tied to Western New York

 

As a graduating senior at Tonawanda High School, John Gorman had an idea about what he wanted to pursue for his career, he just wasn’t entirely sure how to put his plan into action. He had just completed the auto tech program offered through Erie 1 BOCES, and he was quite good at it.

So good, in fact, that John and a classmate took part in the annual Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association/Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition and finished in second place. That achievement led to the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City, where the duo would finish in a very respectable seventh place against the strongest teams from across the country. 

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Students Driven to Succeed Can Find Employment Through the NFADA’s AutoTech Competition

Growing up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Tyler O’Callahan loved to get his hands dirty tinkering with four wheelers and dirt bikes. So when he went on to Niagara Falls High School, it’s no wonder he decided to check out the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association’s Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

The local competition is open to Western New York high school juniors and seniors enrolled in a Career & Technical school automotive program. Junior’s get their first taste of the program by participating in a Tire Rodeo, while seniors have a chance to put their overall automotive skills to the test and earn scholarships and other prizes. O’Callahan, now 22, participated in both competitions and in his senior year, went on to win the local competition and earn a spot at the national competition.

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

Your Game Day Game Plan Should Include a Sober Ride Home

 

Football season is here, and Western New York’s rabid football fans couldn’t be happier.   And while game day is always highly anticipated, it is also a day frequently associated with heavy drinking, reckless behavior, drinking and driving, and an increase in vehicular crashes.

“Western New Yorkers love football and love to cheer for Buffalo with their friends and family — oftentimes while drinking,” said Monica Farrar, director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst. “The best way to celebrate a great game is to plan ahead and, if you plan to drink, plan on having a sober ride home.”

Make Sure Rover Isn't a Driving Distraction

Make Sure Rover Isn't a Driving Distraction

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

By Glenn Cooper

Most people don't think twice about grabbing their pet and taking it for a ride in the car, to run some errands or to visit friends and family. However, with an increased focus on distracted driving and overall driving safety, there is growing concern about pets in the car.

Keep Your Pets Safe in Your Vehicle

Keep Your Pets Safe in Your Vehicle

 

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Most dogs love to go for a car ride, but it's up to their owners to ensure they ride along safely. We've all seen dogs sitting on a passenger's lap or unrestrained in the back seat, so just as we've learned the importance of securing children when riding in a car, we also need to focus on pet safety.

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

NFADA AutoTech Competition Prepares Students for the WNY Workforce

 

Is there anything that Americans take for granted more than their vehicles? They play a hugely significant role in our daily lives, transporting us to work, school, the grocery store, doctors’ appointments, entertainment venues and a wide variety of destinations both near and far. We hop in, turn the key and expect to be on our way within seconds — until that fateful day when a dead battery, flat tire or some unexpected mechanical problem stops us dead in our tracks.

Today’s vehicles, as we are well aware, are more like computers on wheels, filled with state-of-the-art technology from bumper to bumper. As a result, it requires superbly trained automotive technicians to ensure that our vehicles continue to run in a safe and efficient manner.

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Jacobs Unveils New “Self-Serve Kiosks” at Auto Bureaus

Says technology will decrease lines and wait times

Erie County, NY – In his continued effort to utilize technology to improve customer service, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced today the roll-out of Self-Serve Kiosks at the three main auto bureaus. “Similar to what you see at the airport, these kiosks allow you to by-pass the customer service window and print out a wait-time receipt on your own,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs’ says the Kiosks are a result of a “re-engineering study” done in the auto bureau in an effort to improve customer service and revenue. “The study found that customers are often waiting longer in the customer service line then they are waiting to be serviced by a cashier…the kiosks will be a powerful tool to decrease the customer service queue,” stated Jacobs.