The Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College was the place to be on April 2, 2014 from 9:00-1:00. Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES offered the 3rd Annual College and Career Readiness Fair for more than 325 Allegany County teenagers. Immediately afterwards, the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce began their Business Conference, concluding at 5:00.
The Career Day Planning Committee worked for a full year to develop a great opportunity for Allegany County students to explore their future, discover their passions and set potential goals. All details of the day, from student and exhibitor registration to pre-event activities, were available at lifeready.weebly.com. The dynamic and user-friendly website was the main vehicle of communication between CABOCES and students, guidance counselors, and businesses.
The 2014 event shaped up to be bigger and better than last year, with an even more robust lineup of speakers. The Planning Committee was honored to introduce Scio native, Michael Kintner (360heros.com), as Keynote Speaker to address the students. The Career Fair website details the impressive lineup of all the successful professionals committed to connecting with the youth of Allegany County.
Allegany County teenagers from 9 different school districts participated in the Fair. Participants transitioned through 3 interactive areas (Career Conversations, Career Playground and the Career and Community Exhibitors) while on campus. Students prepared for the day by identifying a Career Cluster that interested them. Careers can be categorized into six main clusters, see the Fair website for more details. Each Career Cluster was identified at the Fair. Students were guided to learn from experts from each Career Cluster.
Based on students' individual interests, they were given a personalized schedule to ensure they got the most out of their day. Students were encouraged to get their hands dirty, drive a backhoe, take a Culinary Arts lesson, speak with professionals from local businesses, and Skype with successful business people from across the country. The day offered something for everyone, in a rich, hands-on way.
Thank you to Andover, Belfast, Bolivar-Richburg, Cuba-Rushford, Elm Street Academy, Fillmore, Portville, Scio, Wellsville School Districts for allowing their students to attend and inspiring them to dream and set goals for a bright future. The date for next year’s event will be Thursday, April 9, 2015. For more information, call CABOCES Student Programs at 716-376-8284 and the College and Career Readiness website at lifeready.weebly.com.
By: Jean Oliverio, CA BOCES Student Programming