• Personal Training Students Prepare Peers in Law Enforcement

    Posted by ESBOCES News on 6/6/2018

    Obstacle Course Readies Students for Youth Academy


    Student scaling a wall in the obstacle course   Student jumping rope


    Law Enforcement and Personal Training students from two Academy locations recently collaborated in a training exercise to benefit both programs. Personal Training students designed an obstacle course for their Law Enforcement counterparts that is similar to the one used in the Suffolk County Police Department’s Youth Academy, a program many students want to participate in this summer. Training fellow students to prepare for this course provided those studying to be personal trainers with the opportunity to treat participants as clients. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the career and technical education component of Eastern Suffolk BOCES (ESBOCES) with campuses in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.


    One student pushing against another who is holding large pads


    Law Enforcement students travelled from the Oakdale location to the Bellport campus where the Personal Training Program is housed and the obstacle course was created. The course consisted of jumping rope, performing push-ups, scaling a wall, dragging weights with a tow rope to simulate pulling a victim to safety, performing CPR on a dummy, fighting off a perpetrator, making a quick arrest, and other physical challenges. All the while, student personal trainers shouted encouragement to keep participants moving at top speed. Law Enforcement students worked with their peers in the Personal Training Program for most of the year to improve their fitness levels and prepare for this event.


    A group shot of the male and female winners

    The event also provided for cross-collaboration among many programs, supplying students with realistic industry-related experiences -- Carpentry students built the wall for the obstacle course and Professional Photography students documented great moments, as did TV Production students. The ESBOCES Food Service Special Career Education Program prepared healthy meals and beverages for everyone. The Special Career Education programs equip special needs students with skills that may aid them in securing entry-level employment in specific industries. Personal Training students also took students with special needs through the course, as they’ve learned to work with people of all ages, those with physical limitations, and developmental needs. “Everyone came out of this event a winner,” said Personal Training Teacher Jonathan Audiino. “While the project was conceptualized to benefit the Personal Training and Law Enforcement programs, students from numerous classes used this opportunity to engage in project-based learning.”

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  • Role Model and PTA Scholarship Recipient

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 3/29/2018

    Nicholas Trentini is a student in the Academy at Bixhorn Technical Center’s Certified Personal Training Program. He is a two-sport athlete at Hauppauge UFSD –he plays Varsity Football and he is captain of the Varsity Wrestling Team. He was recently notified that he is a recipient of the 2018 Suffolk Region PTA Scholarship.

    Working out in the Certified Personal Training Program.  Training students from Law Enforcement Program.


    Jonathan Audiino, Personal Training teacher at the Academy said, “In addition to being an honor roll student at the Academy and a candidate for the National Technical Honor Society, Nick is an active member of SkillsUSA and serves as a class representative.”

    Audiino recommended Nicholas for the 2018 Suffolk Region PTA Scholarship because in addition to his being a scholar and athlete, Nick is a role model to his peers. Audiino said, “He is always willing to help a classmate or volunteer for extracurricular activities. He is ambitious and his character is an example to those around him.”

    Nick learns the proper techniques from his teacher.  Warming up exercises with Law Enforcement students.


    Every Friday, students from the Law Enforcement Program at the Academy at Milliken Technical Center visit the personal training class. Nicholas works with these students getting them ready to be in good physical shape for their career choice and training at a police academy.

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    October 28, 2016, Mr. Audiino's Certified Personal Trainer class attended a worksite tour of Finest Fitness Health Club located in Patchogue.  The students were afforded the opportunity to observe and interact with the trainers on staff, learning first-hand about working in a health club.  The students also had the chance to experience new technology, use innovative equipment, and were provided with a great opportunity to apply what they have learned in class so far this year.  They were able to witness first-hand, the dynamic industry and career they have chosen to pursue.  A fun time was had by all!