Months before graduating high school, a student in the 3D Modeling & Design program at the Bohlen Tech Center has a full time job lined up using the education she acquired through her studies at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.
Abagayle DeBuck-Earl has been working for the past several months on a part-time basis for BCA Architects & Engineers,
formerly known as Bernier, Carr & Associates, in Watertown with
plans to turn that into full-time employment following her June 2018
graduation from Sackets Harbor Central School.
“I’ve always been fond of and interested in architecture,” said
Abagayle, who credits the 3D Modeling & Design program at BOCES for
enhancing that interest.
Abagayle began her time at BCA Architects & Engineers last
October when she was offered a two-day shadow opportunity with the firm after
having previously met with representatives of the company at Workforce 2020.
The high school senior made such a positive impression during her
internship that she was offered a part-time job through the end of the
school year. She has been working after-school three days a week and
more when school vacation time allows.
She says her main work at BCA Architects & Engineers is to draft
commercial buildings, a part of the architecture field she enjoys the
most and plans to pursue further. Abagayle’s future plans include
attending Pittsburgh Technical College this fall. She also plans on
continuing her relationship with BCA Architects & Engineers, working
for them during college breaks and as part of mandated internships
required by her degree pursuits. The company has also told her she will
have a full time job waiting for her once her studies are complete.
“It’s a crazy feeling. I’m only seventeen and it’s overwhelming, but
in a good way. It makes me feel like I have so many opportunities.”
“Abbie has been a very good student,” says Krysta Aten-Schell, Project
Architect and LEES Administrator, BCA Architects & Engineers.
“She’s picked up her Revit training quickly and recently has been
working on 3D modeling for two real-life projects in Alexandria Bay and
Watertown with guidance from our staff.”
Abagayle credits her time in the 3D Modeling & Design program for
preparing her for future studies and being able to enter the workforce
in her chosen field at such a young age.
“It helped me so much. I know so much more and I feel like I can do anything.”