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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 School To Careers helps students
explore career paths at Journeys Beyond Jarvis

Sept. 29, 2017




State police trooper talks to students
New York State Police recruiter Nicole Drew speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program. To view more photos from Journeys Beyond Jarvis, find Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.



MOHAWK – New York State Police recruiter Nicole Drew asked Central Valley students to stand up during the beginning of her presentation at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day.

The students casually stood up, and some chatted with each other while rising.

Drew told the students that in the state police, when you’re asked to stand up, you do so without hesitation and without talking. The next time she asked the students to stand up, they quickly jumped to their feet in silence.

This lesson served as an introduction to Drew’s larger point that it is challenging to join the state police, and that background checks are done even as far back as to the middle-school students’ age. State police will review potential employees’ school attendance and behavior and talk to teachers about whether the candidates bullied others or had bad attitudes in school, Drew said.

“If you’re behaving like that and have any thought of becoming a state trooper, I kid you not, today is the day you make that choice with your attitude,” she said. “Everything you’re doing now influences opportunities that are coming later.”

The Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program partnered with the Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School to put on the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at the middle school. This was the second consecutive year STC was involved with putting on the event.

More than 40 speakers representing the 16 career clusters participated in Journeys Beyond Jarvis for Central Valley students in grades 5-8. Based on career interest surveys, students were able to visit five speakers from career fields they were interested in.

“School To Careers’ goal was to be able to provide a sample of the 16 career clusters,” STC Director Dr. Christopher Groves said. “Generally, at this age, students aren’t aware of the careers that are out there, and the knowledge they do have is surface-level. This provides them the opportunity to become more aware. In working closely with Jarvis faculty, staff and administrators, STC was able to provide the right experience for students.”

Groves visited various speakers’ presentations throughout the day.

“There was a lot of excitement in the building,” he said. “I feel like students were engaged with the presentations. They were asking relevant questions. The presenters did a fabulous job balancing information with hands-on examples to truly demonstrate their field of expertise.”

‘Find your purpose’

Holly Pullis, an Owen D. Young Board of Education member who has a family operated business named Hollywood Enterprises, is an independent direct-sales consultant and contributes to her family’s Roedale Farm, gave an opening speech to all of the seventh- and eighth-grade participants.

Pullis told students about her career path and told them the day was a chance for them to explore.

“Keep your eyes open,” she said. “Find something that you’re passionate about.”

Pullis also encouraged the students to learn everything they can about what they’re interested and find out what they can do to try to make a career out of it.

Students heard words of advice from speakers throughout the building and heard about various career pathways the guests took.

Village of Ilion Administrator James Kramas told students to dream, plan, make backup plans and work hard.

“Find your purpose in life,” he said. “Dream, and dream big.”

Kramas also encouraged students to connect with a mentor.

“It could be anybody that motivates you,” he said.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger Robert Piersma told students that after a career day in fifth grade, he decided he wanted to become a veterinarian or a conservation officer. He went down the conservation officer path, which led to his job.

He explained the process of becoming a forest ranger including a civil service test, physical tests, background checks, interviewing and going through an academy.

“There’s not a lot of us in the state of New York,” he said, noting that there are 134 forest rangers.

Piersma also talked about what the job is like.

“Our No. 1 priority is search and rescue,” he said.

‘Awesome to see’

F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Packaging Manager Daniel Voce, who is a Herkimer BOCES Board of Education member, talked to students about how many different types of jobs are available at the company – from marketing to maintenance and manufacturing.

“And there’s lots of them,” he said.

When students asked if products are ever accidentally put into the wrong company’s containers, Voce said that does sometimes happen. He pointed out another career field, quality assurance, is part of the company to make sure mistakes like that are caught.

“We have people who work for us who do nothing but quality,” he said.

Tina Douglas, owner of Douglas Farms, talked to students about how farmers often wear many hats – doing work involving nutrition, technology, veterinary care, welding and more. Her presentation included literal hats – and a welding helmet – to emphasize her point.

“You can go to be a farmer that covers a little bit of all of this or you can specialize,” she said.

Douglas also talked about the evolving technology in the agriculture industry – including robotic cow milking.

“It is really awesome to see,” she said.

Jim McCoy, of Indium Corp., told students that the company makes parts for consumer electronics. To explain that, he asked the students if they have smartphones, televisions, computers and video game consoles.

“Those are all things we make,” he said. “Right here in Utica, we make all the pieces that are used to complete those.”

McCoy also talked to the students about how Indium Corp. is an advanced manufacturing company.

“We use a lot of science and engineering and math, in a lot of cases, in what we do,” he said.

‘In the future’

School To Careers liaison and work-based learning coordinator MaryBeth Napolitano said much planning and preparation went into Journeys Beyond Jarvis. STC, Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School and the STC business partners collaborated on the event, she said.

“Everyone has been so supportive,” she said.

Many of the guest speakers were already STC business partners, and other speakers just started their connection to STC through the event.

“I was pleased and very excited with finding these new business partners,” Napolitano said.

Following the presentations, students filled out feedback forms that will help with planning career days going forward, Napolitano said.

Many teachers also were able to watch presentations and see how their curriculum can connect to career paths, she said. That ties in with the goal of another STC program, Educational Crosswalks, she said.

For students, the event assists students with learning more about careers they aren’t yet aware of, Napolitano said.

“This experience helps these students think about what careers are out there and what careers they want to do in the future,” she said. “They’re able to see the connection between academics and careers. That will get them excited about learning, and that’s what it’s all about.”




Journeys Beyond Jarvis speakers pose for a group photo
Most of the presenters from the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day put on in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program pose for a group photo following the event on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School.


Holly Pullis speaks on stage to Jarvis students
Holly Pullis, an Owen D. Young Board of Education member who has a family operated business named Hollywood Enterprises, is an independent direct-sales consultant and contributes to her family’s Roedale Farm, speaks to students at the start of the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program.


Ilion Administrator James Kramas speaks to students at Jarvis
Village of Ilion Administrator James Kramas speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program.


Daniel Voce speaks to students at Journeys Beyond Jarvis
F.X. Matt Brewing Co. Packaging Manager Daniel Voce, who is a Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education member, speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer BOCES School To Careers program.


Tina Douglas speaks to students at Journeys Beyond Jarvis
Tina Douglas, owner of Douglas Farms, speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program.


Jim McCoy speaks to students at Journeys Beyond Jarvis
Jim McCoy, of Indium Corp., speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program.


DEC forest ranger speaks to students at Journeys Beyond Jarvis
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger Robert Piersma speaks to students at the Journeys Beyond Jarvis career day on Friday, Sept. 29, at Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School in collaboration with the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School To Careers program.







 
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