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During School Board Recognition Month this October, we would like to thank the members of the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education for their service and all that they do for BOCES and our students! Thank you to: Daniel LaLonde, Thomas Shypski, Jack Bono, Ronald Loiacono, Janine Lynch, William Miller, James Schmid, Michelle Szarek, Linda Tharp and Daniel Voce!
Herkimer BOCES nursing job fair helping
students fill local need for LPNs

June 1, 2017




Local employers meeting with LPN students at job fair
From left, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program part-time day students Cassandra Pritchard, Ashley Talerico, Teresa Rivera and Simona Ibrahimi talk to Pamela Weimer, regional recruitment and career coordinator for the Waterville Residential Care Center, and Jill Ayers, a licensed practical nurse at the center, during the Herkimer BOCES nursing program’s annual job fair on Wednesday, May 17.



ILION – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program Coordinator Sara Nicolette has been conducting a survey of local healthcare employers in a 25-mile radius and is finding that there is a strong need for licensed practical nurses.

To date, 18 employers have responded including nursing homes, clinicals and acute care facilities. In the responses, there are more than 770 positions identified as requiring an LPN licensure. Of those positions, 124 were identified as currently open.

“Acute care hospitals to the east and west of us are beginning to reintroduce LPNs to the hospital as well. This opens more opportunities for our students, but it will also compound the shortage,” Nicolette said. “The bottom line is: The need has increased.”

The Herkimer BOCES hosted its annual adult practical nursing job fair on Wednesday, May 17, at the Herkimer BOCES Remington Educational Complex in Ilion. More than 22 local companies attended to meet with the LPN students.

“We have more employers here this year than ever before,” Nicolette said.

Companies are offering competitive salaries and bonuses for joining them such as having continued education paid for – which is good news for students, Nicolette said.

“They’re the buyers,” she said, of her students. “It’s a buyer’s market.”

Herkimer BOCES offers part-time classes during days or evenings for adults who want to train to become LPNs around their work schedules. Last school year, the program also changed its full-time class from 10 months to 12 months in order to integrate it with the second-year part-time classes. This allowed Herkimer BOCES to maintain the full-time option.

During the job fair, part-time day students Erica Holovitz and Daniel Briggs spoke to Presbyterian Homes and Services human resources manager Corina Chrystie.

Briggs said it’s good to have the opportunity to visit with local companies at the job fair.

“Just to learn what’s available,” he said.

Holovitz agreed.

“A lot of options,” she said. “It’s very nice. Helpful.”

Chrystie said students were asking questions about starting pay and benefits, and the job fair allows for sort of a pre-screening interview instead of doing everything online or over the phone.

“It’s nice to be able to meet face-to-face with people and see their interest,” she said.

Pamela Weimer, regional recruitment and career coordinator for the Waterville Residential Care Center, which is the Harding Nursing Home, also said she appreciates the job fair.

“I think it’s a good opportunity to showcase your business,” she said. “There are a lot in the area, so it’s nice to be able to talk to them about why you feel you stand out.”

Weimer also brought a career ladder display with her to the job fair that shows the many types of jobs available in the healthcare field.

“I talk to them about all the career options that are out there for them,” she said. “It’s nice to open their eyes to the various possibilities.”

Part-time day students Teresa Rivera, Simona Ibrahimi and Ashley Talerico also said they were benefitting from the job fair.

“It’s great to see everything that’s out there,” Talerico said.

Ibrahimi said the job fair is a good opportunity to learn about local companies while keeping your options open.

“It’s a lot of variety,” she said.

Rivera said the job fair is a good idea.

“It opens up a lot of windows,” she said.

Rivera said the job fair is just one of the many positives about the Herkimer BOCES nursing program.

“I do hope a lot of people take interest in the LPN program because we do need LPNs,” she said.

For information about applying for the full-time, part-time day or part-time evening classes, call 315-867-2206 or visit lpn.herkimerboces.schoolfusion.us or www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCESLPN.



Local employers meeting with LPN students at job fair
From left, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult practical nursing program part-time day students part-time day students Erica Holovitz and Daniel Briggs speak to Presbyterian Homes and Services human resources manager Corina Chrystie during the Herkimer BOCES nursing program’s annual job fair on Wednesday, May 17.


LPN student holds basket she won from Sitrin raffle
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES full-time student Carol Perry (left) holds a basket she won from a drawing by Paula Fritschi, associate director of education at Sitrin Healthcare Center, during the Herkimer BOCES nursing program’s annual job fair on Wednesday, May 17.








 
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