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Career & Technical School News

Capital Region BOCES CTE links students to employers and recruiters

College and Career Fair draws hundreds

Matt Stansfield talks to a rep from FM CCMore than three dozen employers and college representatives met with hundreds of young adults from the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) and greater Schoharie County recently at the annual College and Career Fair at the Schoharie CTE campus.

Students and young adults up to the age of 24 met with 39 recruiters — ranging from those representing Carver Companies, Callanan Industries, Anderson Equipment Company and Howe Caverns to college recruiters from Fulton-Montgomery Community College and WyoTech (a technical school).

Hosted by Capital Region BOCES and the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce, the event was designed to help students and area youth find jobs, as well as find employees from numerous area businesses struggling with the middle-skills jobs gap.

"It's very difficult to find diesel mechanics, welders and truck drivers," said Sybil Laraway, human resources manager for Carver Companies. "Opportunities like this are very important to helping businesses find trained employees."

Students concurred.

“The career fair is an amazing opportunity to meet employers and colleges,” said Matthew Stansfield, a senior from Berne-Knox-Westerlo in the CTE  criminal justice program.

Lane Bartlett, a fellow senior from Middleburgh, said, “I want to go to work in either construction or automotive and this is a great opportunity to find those jobs.”

Representatives from area schools who brought students to the event also praised the event.

A recruiter talks to Lane Bartlett“It’s a great opportunity for students to make connections with local companies and organizations and make a face-to-face connection, which all-too-often in our digital world is not occurring,” said Duanesburg Guidance Counselor Liz Halversen.

In the top photo, Matt Stansfield talks to a representative from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

To the right, a recruiter talks to a CTE student Lane Bartlett from Middleburgh.

Below, Sheriff Tony Desmond talks to criminal justice student William Fontanet.

Tony Desmond talks to a criminal justice student.

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