Local blind student learning to be a mechanic

ALBANY, NY (NEWS 10) – With every turn of the key, 16-year-old Jeremy Mayville is working on his
dreams of becoming a diesel mechanic. You could even say it’s in his blood.

“My two grandfathers are mechanics and my grandfather works in a garage in Albany and works on diesel buses and he works on cars at his house and I help him and stuff like that,” Mayville explained.

From an early age he knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps. Thus, a few hours a day, the Cohoes student spends time on the BOCES CTE campus in Albany. Disassemble the hydraulic systems, reassemble them … while breaking the barriers.

“Jeremy is one of our academics,” said Shelette Pleat, director of the BOCES Albany CTE Capital Region Campus. “He makes us very excited because one of the first things we see is he’s breaking all the rules and showing he can do whatever he wants. “

Since the age of seven, Jeremy has been blind, but that doesn’t stop him from the future he always imagined.

“It’s all in a tight spot so you can’t really see it anyway,” Mayville said. “You have to feel everything. “

Using his other senses such as sound and touch, Jeremy is able to navigate his tools and equipment, making necessary repairs.

“The more you squeeze, the more resistance it will give you. So you can tell when it’s full tight when you can’t move the key.

His teachers are proud of everything he has accomplished.

“He did a lot of heavy work,” said Jim Haas, Workplace Learning Coordinator. “He does phenomenal things. He is an inspiration to all of us. We are proud of him and he has a long way to go.

Jeremy shares this life advice for everyone …

“Don’t let anything stop you! “

His ultimate dream is to become a boss and one day own his own store.

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