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Business Partner Recognition Awards

The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison (OHM) BOCES has announced one local business partner and one individual as its 2020 Business Partner Recognition Award recipients.

Individual Contribution Award

Andy Mazloom, of Trenton Technology Inc., was named as the recipient of the Individual Contribution Award for going above and beyond to contribute to the P-TECH OHM vision and advance the program.

Mazloom has taken time out of his schedule to participate in the program through various roles, fostered growth in students, and took it upon himself to recruit other business professionals to work with P-TECH OHM. His excitement about P-TECH OHM is contagious and his willingness to jump in and help whenever needed was most evident during his collaboration to produce face shields this past spring.             

In addition to purchasing 3D printing filament and a bulk supply of hard-to-find elastic, Mazloom also authorized engineers from Trenton Technology Inc. to run the business’ 3D printers both in facilities and at home to maximize production of shield parts. As a result of his tremendous support and partnership, more than 100 face shields were printed, assembled and donated to healthcare workers throughout the region. Producing the face shields was a huge undertaking that would not have been possible without Mazloom.

Outstanding Business Partner Award

Trenton Technology Inc. was named as the recipient of the Outstanding Business Partner Award for their exemplary dedication to the advancement of P-TECH OHM students. Trenton Technology Inc. encouraged their employees to be active volunteers with P-TECH OHM and provided real-world experiences to students through industry challenges, mentoring, job sites visits, advisory committee roles and community service events.

During the 2019-2020 school year, Trenton Technology Inc. participated in an industry challenge with P-TECH OHM students for a fourth consecutive year, while also hosting a job shadowing experience for juniors and taking part in a virtual mentoring program with sophomores. In the summer of 2020, they also participated in a shortened, virtual Summer Bridge experience for incoming freshmen P-TECH OHM students. One of Trenton Technology Inc.’s greatest contributions to P-TECH OHM during the past year was their willingness to provide materials and assistance to Ms. Piatkowski and the OHM BOCES FAB Lab team to produce face shields for local hospital and nursing home workers.

Thank you and congratulations to Andy Mazloom and Trenton Technology Inc.!

P-TECH OHM offers a unique education for students beginning in grade nine. Working with multiple business and education partners, the program is designed to give students the skills and experiences they need in technology and manufacturing in order to compete in a global marketplace. Students earn a NYS Regent’s high school diploma and an associate degree from MVCC at no cost to their families, and will be the first in line for jobs with participating companies when they graduate.

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.