Keven Haywood graduated from Geneseo Central Schools in 2021 after completing the two-year Diesel Mechanics Program at the Mount Morris Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center. Keven attended the Mount Morris CTE Center during his junior and senior years in high school.
Keven visited the campus during his sophomore year to learn more about the program BOCES had to offer. He knew early on college wasn’t for him and he wanted to learn more about the trade industry. After the visit, he knew the Diesel Mechanics program would be the best fit since he had always been fascinated with trucks and diesel engines. As a student, he learned to take the opportunities that were given to him and put his best effort into them.
During his senior year of high school, he interned at TJ Marquart & Sons and was hired full-time. He worked there for a year where he learned a lot about trucks thanks to seasoned technicians that trained him.
After about a year, he felt ready to transition to a dealership. He has always had a sweet spot for Peterbilt because it's his favorite brand of truck. Keven is now a Diesel Technician at Utica General Peterbilt in Rochester, NY. He repairs anything that has a Peterbilt logo on it. Working on diesel trucks and engines for a living came naturally to him since he has always had a passion for it.
His favorite part about his job is having the ability to fix some great-looking trucks because Peterbilts are the best-looking trucks on the road, especially the 389 per Keven. Another favorite part is he gets sent out to training every once in a while, so he gets to do some traveling which he enjoys. Also, he has his CDL, so driving trucks after a repair is rewarding.
Keven has a lot of fond memories of his time as a BOCES student. A memory he will remember forever is the time they got a DT466 running on a stand and twisted up the fuel pump, they made some power and smiles that day. “I’m proud of all the things I learned from Mr. Jacobi and Mr. Cramer, they taught me a lot, definitely one of the main reasons I'm where I'm at,” stated Keven.