Joshua Grimm is a junior in the trade electricity program from Hyde Park Central School District. 

Why did you choose to attend the CTI trade electricity program?

I chose this program a lot due to the experience I could have gained. This is a very practical class. Say you don't want to have an electrician who is very expensive, you just need to fix something. I want to be able to know how to do that and now I do. 
I’m not sure if I want to do it as a career just yet because I still have half a year to see, but so far it's been a very good experience to learn how to do this in this classroom. I don’t regret it. 


What have you learned so far? 
A lot of it does have to do with how electricity moves and how it works. We're figuring out how to set up a light or an outlet. We set up a doorbell. We learned how to use a variety of tools. We learned a lot of the background behind it, like the formulas to use, as well.

What’s your favorite part of the program? 

That is hard. There are so many good things to say.

One thing is the community that you build and just the general knowledge everyone shares with each other. Everyone is willing to help each other.

This is really like a good learning atmosphere. The teacher, Mr. Hayes, is very good with that. We can make mistakes, and that’s OK. I respect him a lot. And he gives us many opportunities to practice these skills.

What are your aspirations or plans after you complete the program?

I am not 100 percent sure. I might want to go to SUNY Delhi, a great school for electrical, but I’m also looking into military colleges.

I want to add, even if you don’t want to go the path you did at BOCES, as long as you're doing your best, you're still getting the education; now you understand that maybe you don't want to do this, or maybe you really do. Maybe this is your career path. I think it was a good opportunity because most kids don't have this freedom to test.