The New York Association of Continuing/Community Education Tuesday, Oct. 17 honored Joseph Smith of Gloversville as one of 20 Outstanding Adult Learners in New York State during a celebration at the Century House in Latham. Mr. Smith recently graduated from both Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES and Fulton-Montgomery-Community College, with support from the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Solutions Center.
Like many other dislocated workers, Smith lost his job in his mid-40s after which he began exploring training options for a new career. He enrolled in the high school equivalency program with HFM BOCES, and worked with the Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie Workforce Solutions Center to secure funding to allow him to study Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning at FMCC. Through most of his pursuit, he studied at both schools simultaneously. Upon graduation, Smith secured employment with Saratoga Restaurant Equipment and Sales where he installed a variety of restaurant equipment. He currently works at Beech-Nut.
Smith encourages others who are in need of education and training to seek guidance and assistance from local service providers.
“Do not give up on your goals and certainly do not quit or drop out of school. I was discouraged initially, especially after my first algebra class…. I learned a valuable lesson—put my mind to it and push forward. And, seek help,” Smith said in a recent issue of The Tower, FMCC’s alumni newspaper.
To complete his studies, Smith worked with advisors, tutors and educators from each agency who work cooperatively to help adults meet their education and employment goals.
Adults who want to study for the high school equivalency diploma can call HFM BOCES Office of Adult Literacy & Corrections Education at 518-736-4340.