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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!
STC hosts College and Career Fair for
Herkimer BOCES juniors and seniors

July 3, 2017




Two Herkimer BOCES students talk to job recruiter
Conor Scholefield, a talent acquisition specialist for Mohawk Valley Health System, speaks to Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES collision repair senior Eric Wells, of Poland, and Information Technology Academy senior Brooke Edstrom, of Herkimer, during the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers College and Career Fair on June 9 at Herkimer BOCES.



Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES juniors and seniors recently had the opportunity to visit more than 25 booths hosted by local businesses, colleges and the military during the School To Careers College and Career Fair.

Herkimer BOCES collision repair senior Eric Wells, of Poland, said he plans to go into the U.S. Marines as an avionics technician and then might go into healthcare or collision repair work, so he found the event beneficial.

“It definitely opens up my variety of options for when I get out,” he said. “It’s eye-opening. There are a lot of openings I didn’t even know about.”

The STC College and Career Fair took place on June 9 at Herkimer BOCES. Students were able to learn more about potential colleges, internships, full-time jobs, part-time jobs, summer jobs, training programs and apprenticeships.

Nate Discavage, a recruiter for the Resource Center for Independent Living, said he was there primarily to let students know about the center’s student work program.

“We just think it gives them something to do over the summer,” he said.

Discavage said that students in the summer working program aren’t just sitting at a desk or watching others.

“They’re involved,” he said.

Students are paired up with areas of interest – such as student good at math working in finances or someone interested in social services working with human resources, he said.

The STC College and Career Fair is great because it allows companies to attend for a variety of purposes – ranging from the RCIL’s student work program to businesses looking for full-time employees, Discavage said.

“I think it’s a really good idea having an event for them,” he said. “It’s like a liaison between students who need work and companies who need workers.”

Gary Swan, organizer for the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 195, attended to talk to students looking to make a longer commitment.

“We’re looking for people for a career; not a summer job,” he said.

The event lets students know they’re there, Swan said.

“It’s great,” he said. “It really is.”

There are many students who after high school are going to college and then leaving in debt with no jobs, and meanwhile the roofing industry has job openings available for students right out of high school, he said.

“We put two and two together and realized we need to be doing this and come see kids ahead of time,” he said. “If they’re 18 and about to graduate, I could put these kids on in two weeks.”

College isn’t for every student, he said. Joining an apprenticeship just requires a high-school diploma and passing a drug test, and the four-year apprenticeship can lead to a job with good pay and benefits, he said.

“They’re paid to learn,” he said, of the apprenticeship.

Conor Scholefield, a talent acquisition specialist for Mohawk Valley Health System, said he was receiving inquiries from students about a variety of positions including in nursing support, dietary, food service and environmental work.

“I think it’s great,” he said, of the event. “I was happy to hear about it. When I was in high school, I wish there were a few more opportunities like this,” he said. “I think it’s a good start-off to make those connections early.”

Herkimer BOCES Information Technology Academy senior Brooke Edstrom, of Herkimer, talked to Scholefield and others, had resumes on hand and filled out paperwork for companies.

“I’m excited because I’ve been hoping for a job for about a year now,” she said.

Edstrom said she wants to get a job to help her family, gain some financial freedom and feel like she’s an adult. She plans to go to college part time to become a computer network technician, and she completed half of her credits through the Information Technology Academy program at Herkimer BOCES.

She appreciates being able to meet people in person during the College and Career Fair, she said.

“This is a great opportunity to give people my resume and show people I’m interested because doing it online isn’t the same,” she said.

Herkimer BOCES collision repair senior Zack Higgins, of Central Valley, who is planning to work in a body shop, then go to college and eventually transition to a job such as being an insurance adjuster, said the event helps students get a good idea for a job if they don’t have a plan already.

“It’s cool. I think it’s a great idea,” he said. “It’s nice because you have all different aspects of jobs here. It’s great that you have a good variety of them.”




BOCES student talks to roofing union representative
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES collision repair senior Zack Higgins, of Central Valley, visits with Gary Swan, organizer for the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 195, during the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers College and Career Fair on June 9 at Herkimer BOCES.








 
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