Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Career Horizons Event Draws Nearly 800 Students
(LEFT) Lynn Telaak of the Olean BOCES Center discusses careers in animal sciences with visiting students.
Nearly 800 high school sophomores from throughout Cattaraugus, Allegany, Potter, and McKean counties explored the future by participating in the annual Career Horizons event held December 2 at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus.
Designed to stimulate college and career preparation, the annual event is sponsored by JCC, the Cattaraugus County Counselors Association, and Cattaraugus/Allegany Workforce Investment Board/Workforce New York.
Volunteers representing 35 career areas met with the visiting students to discuss topics including academic pathways, employment outlooks, working conditions, salary expectations, and certification/licensing requirements. Students also participated in workshops focusing on entrepreneurship and employment skill development.
“We were pleased that this year’s students came well-prepared and eager to explore career directions,” said Margie Macintosh, assistant director of recruitment and admissions at JCC and JCC’s lead representative on the event planning committee.
“Career representatives from the community give generously of their time and talent to meet with students because they truly believe that this event shapes the future of not only the individual students but the overall community as well,” she added.