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Herkimer BOCES VP-TECH students immersed in local career opportunities

Jan. 9, 2019



VP-TECH students in WEB lobby listening to Jim McCoy of Indium Corp. speaking


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students listen to a presentation from Jim McCoy, human resources manager at Indium Corp. in Utica, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.




HERKIMER – Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School juniors and seniors have been participating in various workshops, visits from local professionals and tours of businesses in the region.

“The goal is to help introduce these students to career opportunities right in the area where they live,” VP-TECH business teacher Andrew Carpenter said. “This gets them thinking about what steps they would need to take to work in these jobs and find out more about what they’re interested in.”

VP-TECH at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES is in its fourth year of operation – with a focus on technology, project-based learning and real-world work situations. VP-TECH students from Herkimer BOCES component school districts start in ninth grade and spend four to six years in the program – leaving with a Regents diploma, an associate degree in quality assurance from Herkimer College, a certification in advanced manufacturing and connections with local businesses.

Before the winter recess, on Wednesday, Dec. 19, Jim McCoy, human resources manager at Indium Corp. in Utica, spoke to VP-TECH juniors and seniors about Indium Corp. and what the company manufactures. He also discussed opportunities within the company that VP-TECH students can qualify for, and he provided them with tips to stay on the right path and be successful.

The same day, McCoy also talked with VP-TECH sophomores, who will be participating in an industry project with Indium Corp. as part of their career and financial management class.

VP-TECH students have continued their activities to start 2019.

On Monday, Jan. 2, students participated in an overcoming adversity workshop, and then on Thursday, Jan. 3, Tim Fitzgerald, associate vice president of economic development at Mohawk Valley EDGE, visited juniors and seniors. Fitzgerald talked about economic development efforts in the region and improvements being made to bring in new businesses. Topics ranged from the Marcy NanoCenter site to new hotels and other additions to the Mohawk Valley.

Fitzgerald also spoke to students about the numerous vacant positions for manufacturing-based jobs that are currently available in the Mohawk Valley – including the corresponding salaries for such positions.

On Monday, Jan. 7, Melinda Green and S. Michael Steiger of SMSA Architectural Services visited VP-TECH. They discussed the job of an architect – particularly about blueprints and the role technology has played in their work.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, VP-TECH students participated in a resume workshop with Alicia Brockway from NBT Bank. She provided an interactive experience where students practiced handshakes, eye contact, interview techniques and resumes.

Other events scheduled for this month include a tour of Gehring-Tricot Corp. facilities, a tour of the aviation center at Mohawk Valley Community College in Rome, a visit from WKTV anchor Callihan Marshall, a visit from Marc Barraco from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office and a tour of Indium Corp. in Utica.



VP-TECH students in classroom listening to Tim Fitzgerald of MV EDGE


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students listen to a presentation from Tim Fitzgerald, associate vice president of economic development at Mohawk Valley EDGE, on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.




VP-TECH students in classroom listening to SMSA Architectural Services presenters


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students listen to a presentation from Melinda Green and S. Michael Steiger of SMSA Architectural Services on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.




VP-TECH students participate in resume workshop in classroom with Alicia Brockway of NBT Bank


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Valley Pathways in Technology Early College High School students participate in a resume workshop with Alicia Brockway of NBT Bank on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.