MEXICO – Application of job skills, work ethic and determination have all led students in work-study programs at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation to real-world learning and small, steady paychecks.
Daniel Hall (Pulaski Academy and Central School District) has remained proud to be tasked with packaging bread, labeling items, rotating stock and cleaning a variety of items at Garafalo’s Importing on East Bridge Street in Oswego.
He has worked alongside job coach Brenda Wells as he has practiced the following work-study skills: communication, organization, time management, following a schedule, planning and learning, among several others.
“I like all of the people here and all of the work I do,” he said. “I think you’ll know you found the right job when you enjoy every minute of it. I know this is the kind of work environment I want to be in.”
Hall also works at the ceramics lab in CiTi’s Vocational Enrichment Work-Study Program housed at SUNY Oswego.
CiTi Work-Study Coordinator Kristy Nevills said the establishment of a community connection that strong is credited to the Garafalo family for their outstanding support of the program.
The family “understands the needs of students and promotes their abilities,” she said.
Work-study students work up to 24 hours per week, while they achieve Career Development and Occupational Studies credit and a small stipend for their work.
Receiving a paycheck, Hall said, makes him feel proud.
Nevills said self-esteem and self-worth have also risen for each of the participants, and those will benefit the students in every aspect of their lives.
Robert Burkett (Oswego City School District) is employed at the Campus Café on CiTI’s main campus in Mexico.
He also has been focused on a variety of tasks in the Price Chopper bakery in Oswego all school year.
Having support from terrific staff there, such as former CiTi Career and Technical Education Culinary Arts student Eric Mosher as the bakery manager, provides a fun, yet structured environment.
Additional locations that support the work-study program include: Elks Club, SUNY Oswego’s Laker Hall, Silver Fox, Kathy’s Cakes, SUNY Oswego’s ice arena, Fourth Street School, Tractor Supply Company, SUNY Oswego’s Mahar Stockroom and Price Chopper in Fulton, among several other locations.