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Orleans/Niagara Occupational and Technical Education Center Wins Educational Institution Award

Monday, November 12, 2012

For more information, please contact Christie Carmigiano


CLEVELAND, OH—November 12, 2012—Orleans/Niagara Occupational and Technical Education Center (OCTEC), Medina, NY, has received the 2012 Clips & Clamps Industries Educational Institution Award for its outstanding Precision Machine Technology program.

Under the direction of instructor William Rakonczay, the primary focus of the program is “jobs, jobs and jobs.”  There are currently 49 students in the class—24 seniors and 25 juniors.  Students come to OCTEC at the beginning of their junior year.  By the end of their senior year, they are expected to be ready for the workforce with, at the very least, good entry-level skills.  The program is a mix of theory work and hands-on practice—roughly two hours of practical work per hour of classroom instruction.  In addition to technical knowledge and practical skills, students are required to demonstrate organization, responsibility, good attendance, a positive work ethic and all of the attributes that make a good employee. 

More than 50 percent of the students in the class achieve National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification each year.  The Precision Machine Technology program at OCTEC is the only secondary program in New York certified by NIMS.  Articulation agreements also have been forged with Erie Community College, Monroe Community College and Genesee Community College, through which students may choose to earn college credits through the program.

The program is marketed at several levels.  Recruitment is done by visiting students at the component districts and by setting up visits for groups of students to the center.  Mr. Rakonczay also works with 25 manufacturers in the area.  An active Advisory Committee from these companies works with OCTEC to provide input into the curriculum.  At this time, there are seven members of the committee who meet twice per year. 

Successful students are rewarded by working in “capstone” placements at local companies on Mondays through Thursdays.  Seventy-five percent of seniors are successfully placed in work-study programs each year.  In addition, this summer five juniors worked in internships at local companies and are part of OCTEC’s co-op program this fall.  Among those companies that help students with placement are several that are owned and operated by former students.

The Educational Institution Award is one of eight Awards of Excellence in Metalforming presented annually by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).  It recognizes a public or private educational institution that provides outstanding training and education services to companies in the metalforming industry.  The award, which includes a $1,500 cash prize, is sponsored by Clips & Clamps Industries, Plymouth, MI, and funded by the Dul Foundation.  “Clips & Clamps Industries and Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center through the Dul Foundation and the families of Michael and Kathleen Aznavorian, Douglas and Sandy Mily and the late Estelle Dul support the efforts of the Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation.”

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 900 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, and MetalForming magazine.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  More information on PMA’s Awards of Excellence in Metalforming is available at