Jefferson-Lewis BOCES is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards. They are Ron London and Scott Glenn.
Ron London is a 1981 graduate of Indian River Central School and of the Automotive Technology program at the Charles H. Bohlen, Jr. Technical Center. Following his studies, he opened his own business, Ron’s Brake and Automotive in Watertown, which has employed many graduates of the Auto Tech. program. London has been a continued supporter of the Automotive Technology program, serving as both an advisory member and as a host for interns over the past 16 years. He has also given classroom presentations and has been involved in the Career Jam program. He was nominated for the award by Randy Fulkerson, Automotive Technology Instructor at the Bohlen Technical Center.
“Without BOCES, I never would have been in the automotive field,” says London. “I think they offer a really good program and make students aware of what they need to succeed.”
Scott Glenn is a 2000 graduate of Beaver River Central School and of the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center. Following his high school graduation, he earned an Associate Degree in Forest Recreation from Paul Smith’s College. He then found employment as a Forest Technician with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, a post he has served for 13 years in Lowville. While employed with the DEC, Glenn has made countless contributions to the Environmental Conservation and Forestry program. This includes taking students into the field to conduct forest inventory and providing them with the tools and technology used in the industry. He has also given numerous classroom presentations, hosted interns and is currently serving on the program’s advisory committee. He was nominated for the award by Kimberly Seelman, Environmental Conservation & Forestry Instructor at the Sackett Technical Center.
“BOCES was my introduction into forestry,” says Glenn. “There are many skills that I learned that helped me prepare for my college time at Paul Smith’s. What you learn in the program, you can take and apply to the real world.”
In order to qualify, a candidate must have attended Career and Technical Education classes at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. They must also have experienced career success, have been a positive role model, have contributed to community and society, and have gone above and beyond what is ordinary.
The 2017 winners of the award were David Geer (Class of 1989, Indian River) and Scott Simmons (Class of 1997, Copenhagen). The 2016 winners were Robert Green (Class of 1977, Watertown) and Lisa Bain RN (Class of 1990, South Lewis). In 2015, Terry Groff (Class of 1980, Copenhagen), and Robert M. Olin, Jr. (Class of 1981, Watertown) were honored. In 2014, the winners were Jason Dunn (Class of 1991, Carthage) and Amy Baker (Class of 2000, Beaver River).