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Distinguish Alumna Recognized

On Wednesday, February 13 the board of education at Erie 1 BOCES held its annual Alumni Induction Ceremony. At the event, four alumni from Erie 1 BOCES instructional programs were honored. Among them was Mary Gladhill, a resident of Cheektowaga.

Through Erie 1 BOCES Workforce Development program, Gladhill attended Potter Career & Technical Center from 1998 to 1999 where she was enrolled in the Computer Aided Drafting Auto CAD Program.

Gladhill put her knowledge and experience gained through BOCES to work.  She is now employed as a senior mechanical designer at Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems where she designs electronic components and systems.  Her duties include providing drawings and supporting documents for both manufacturing purposes as well as for their customers.

At Northrop Grumman, she is a member of Women’s Initiative for Networking Success (WINS) and Northrup Grumman Women in Engineering (NGWE) - both groups are committed to assisting the local community.  Gladhill currently volunteers for the Erie 1 BOCES Career Advisory Board as well.

 “I was fortunate to have the opportunity to develop new skills through the Workforce Development program," said Gladhill. "I truly believe I was blessed to have one of the most outstanding teachers. His commitment to BOCES principles and his confidence in his students has left a lasting impression in my life.” 

Also recognized were Kathy Avino, Chelsea Becirovic and Michael Quintilone.

Statewide, school districts partner with Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in an effort to provide accountability, municipal sharing, efficiency and educational equity. Erie 1 BOCES, one of 37 BOCES in New York State, is a cooperative of 19 school districts surrounding the city of Buffalo. To assist school districts, the organization provides a variety of educational services including, but not limited to, alternative education, career and technical education, special education and adult workforce development.

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