Burgard High School in Buffalo has new opportunities to train for advanced manufacturing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a grand opening Friday of the school's new welding, auto and machine tool labs.
Burgard students showed off their welding skills. Two 11th graders say their thrilled welding and work toward a possible career in advanced manufacturing.
“Well the program is a very great program and I kind of like it. I feel like this is the best place for me,” declared one student.
“I choose welding because it is fascinating. When you spark that torch, drop the helmet – its game on!” declared another 11th grader.
As part of the Buffalo Billion, the state invested more than $3-million at Burgard. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul appeared at the school praising the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to prepare students for future careers.
“And to thank them for understanding that kids in these neighborhoods – that for far too long were neglected and left on their now – now have a new opportunity – a new shot at a life here in Western New York as part of the new Western New York economy – so this is a great day,” declared Hochul. “They’re transforming education and opportunities for young people in Buffalo and that, to me, is a game changer.”
“This is the way we are going to make Buffalo the place to be in New York – you notice I didn’t say Western New York – I said New York,” stated New York State Education (NYSED) Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
Elia was a surprise guest at Burgard. She said the school district and city to improve a student’s outcomes.
“And let’s duplicate it around the Buffalo area and let’s duplicate it around the state,” remarked Elia.
Alfred University collaborates with the school district, allowing students to earn an associate’s degree.