Colton Klock  

It’s always great to hear an update on a former Career and Technical Education student after graduation. It’s even better when that former student returns to share their experiences with current students. That’s what happened when Colton Klock spoke to juniors and seniors of the Automotive Technology program on December 2 at the Bohlen Technical Center.

Colton is a 2015 graduate of LaFargeville Central School and the Automotive Technology program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. According to Instructor Randy Fulkerson, Colton was an excellent student. He maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA during his two years in the program. He also was an active member of the SkillsUSA program, placing 2nd in state competition and 3rd in the regional competition. 

“It laid all the foundations for my base knowledge and what I needed to know here in college,” says Colton. “If it wasn’t for Mr. Fulkerson and the program, I wouldn’t be in college.”

“He was a highly motivated student who never hesitated to help his classmates,” says Mr. Fulkerson. 

Since graduation, Colton has continued his focus in the automotive field. He is currently attending Ohio Auto Diesel College for Classic Car Restoration. This is a 72 week program which he plans to graduate from in March of 2017. The program includes learning to make upholstery for cars, samples of which were shown to the current Automotive Technology class. Colton told the class that this particular skill is one of his favorites that he has learned. 

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Some of Colton's upholstery work

Colton expects to remain busy after graduation. He is in the process of becoming a full partner with his father on the family farm in LaFargeville. He is also considering opening up his own upholstery business. His passion for classic cars extends to a shop he has built with his father, specifically for restoring the many vehicles they own.

Crediting his time at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES for helping him, Colton is planning on continuing to be involved in the Automotive Technology program by becoming an advisory board member. Colton has offered to help with the auto club held Tuesday nights after school.

 “The auto club is a chance for students to get time outside of normal class time to work on their personal vehicles or learn a skill that is not part of the curriculum,” says Mr. Fulkerson. “These skills include welding, performing body repairs, adding performance parts and components.”

“When I was in the program, I always enjoyed former students coming back,” says Colton. It gives students a base knowledge of what is going on and what to expect.”