Heavy Equipment students at Coopers Education Center are working on a project that the Prattsburgh community will enjoy for years to come.

Heavy Equipment students at Coopers Education Center are working on a project that the Prattsburgh community will enjoy for years to come. The classes, under the direction of Instructor John Dlugos, are constructing a new soccer field at the Prattsburgh Agriculture Center on County Route 74.
The field will provide much-needed additional space for the district's five soccer teams and summer soccer program, according to Superintendent Joe Rumsey. "Adding a second soccer field will enable us to host more than one game per day, which will save transportation costs and protect the current field from overuse," Rumsey said.
Site work began in spring 2010. GST BOCES Adult Education students and Prattsburgh students attending the Heavy Equipment program at the Wildwood Education Center assisted in the initial work. The project has become a community effort, with many individuals and local business people donating time, equipment and materials. The NYS Department of Transportation, Steuben County Department of Public Works, Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation and the Towns of Prattsburgh, Wheeler, Bath, Wayne and Erwin also have contributed time and equipment to the project through shared service agreements.
"This project is a great learning experience for the students because they are involved in a large construction project from beginning to end," said Dlugos. "They have to work together to solve real-life problems on a live construction site."
The field is expected to be ready for use in the fall of 2012.