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OHM BOCES Automotive Instructor Finalist in SEMA–NACAT Education Foundation Award

John Stratton, automotive instructor at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Career & Technical Education Center (CTE), has been selected as one of three finalists for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)-NACAT Education Foundation Award.


As a finalist, Stratton will be invited to attend the SEMA Show Student Program on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev. The award will be presented at the 2018 SEMA Show Education Partners’ Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. If Stratton is deemed the top finalist, he will receive complimentary registration to the 2019 NACAT Conference.


“It is quite an honor to be recognized by such prestigious groups as SEMA and the NACAT Education Foundation,” said Stratton. “As an NACAT member, I have a deep appreciation for the work that the Foundation does to support educators. I look forward to attending the SEMA show and learning about new ways to improve our program here at OHM BOCES.”


To be eligible for the award, the use of aftermarket products in the classroom, the development of aftermarket curriculum, instructional standards and tracking of student progress, the student involvement in the community, and the passions that the students bring to the program are judged.


“Mr. Stratton continues to demonstrate his commitment to preparing students for life after high school by providing them a strong curriculum combined with real world application of their skills and knowledge, said CTE Principal. “We are grateful to the NACAT Education Foundation for recognizing his dedication and providing him with additional training to continue to strengthen our automotive programs.”


The annual SEMA-NACAT Education Foundation Award started in August 2016 to foster the professional development of promising new aftermarket students.


SEMA members make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again. Every year, SEMA presents an enormous trade show in Las Vegas where manufacturers unveil their latest offerings. Visit for more information.


The NACAT Education Foundation provides scholarships and grants primarily for the improvement of automotive education, to teachers, schools, and students of automotive and related technologies. NACAT hosts a conference during the 3rd week of July each year. The venue provides opportunities for instructors from automotive, diesel, and collision programs to obtain training and to network. Visit for more information.


The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.