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      BOCES students get hands on with aviation maintenance

      High school students in Central New York will have a new program option this fall - fixing airplanes.

      The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has been working to create an aviation general maintenance program that will provide juniors and seniors the chance to work on aircraft.

      The program will give students hours that will count toward their certification. It's expected to start in September, and BOCES is working with Mohawk Valley Community College to get an agreement that will give students college credit for the course. Officials already have a plane on loan from the college for instructional use.

      BOCES officials tell the Observer-Dispatch of Utica they decided to add the program after discussing the needs of the community with area employers, colleges and industry leaders.