Capital Region CTE students are finalists to win grant to help families of hospital patients
National social media campaign needs your help!

Students at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) are appealing to the Capital Region for help in winning a grant to benefit hospital patients and their families in the region.


The CTE's Albany Chapter of SkillsUSA is one of five national finalists competing for a Lowe's grant of $25,000 (first place) or $10,000 (second or third place) in a national social media campaign.


The funds will, in turn, be used to help complete Jacks Place — a "home away from home" for families of patients seeking care at Ellis Hospital or other medical facilities in Schenectady.  


The students need the support of the entire region and beyond; specifically they need people to "like" the Albany SkillsUSA Facebook and Instagram accounts and follow the Albany SkillsUSA Twitter feed.


Starting Feb. 7 and concluding Feb. 13, the SkillsUSA chapter, in conjunction with the New Visions: Multimedia and Digital Communication class at CTE, will run a week-long, intense media campaign promoting the activities of the chapter and all SkillsUSA chapters.


During this time, the public is asked to like, repost and share items that are sent out via the SkillsUSA Albany chapter Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Organizations receiving the most social media support will win the grants.


When construction is completed, Jacks Place, located on Rosa Road in Schenectady, will be used as a refuge for families of patients in Ellis Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. It is being funded by the Jack Falvo III Foundation, named in honor of an area man who died in a 2005 watercraft accident. CTE students from numerous programs have been working with the Falvo family to complete the house, donating their expertise in electrical, heating, construction and other areas to create the home away from home for those who have family members receiving medical treatment.


SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students that promotes personal and professional growth and offers students  the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels. Its members also undertake numerous charitable activities, such as collecting toys and food for the less fortunate.