The Fulton City School District recently brought in local businesses and organizations for a “Making Connections Day,” aimed at educating teachers and staff on the career opportunities that are available for students in the community.
Fields such as human services, government, business, technology, agriculture and more were present.
Crouse Hospital, Lockheed Martin, Universal Metal Works, the Fulton Police Department, Jacobson Farms, Infinit Technology Solutions, the Fulton YMCA, Oswego County Opportunities, the U.S. Navy, Fulton Valley News, Entergy, Price Chopper, Eastern Shores Insurance and SUNY Oswego were just some.
The businesses each held their own roundtable discussions where teachers were able to ask questions such as, “What academic skills are needed for a successful career in this field?” and “What characteristics are you looking for when hiring new employees?”
The experience allowed FCSD staff to recognize employment opportunities available in Oswego County and the skills required for their students to be successful in those careers.
The teachers gained a greater perspective on the kinds of projects they could implement in the classroom to help their students become career-ready upon graduation.
Many discussions were held regarding scholarships, internships and job shadowing possibilities.
Kerry Tarolli, an architect from king + king Architects in Syracuse, was in attendance as a presenter and had the opportunity to reconnect with her own fourth grade teacher, Laurie Merry, who now teaches third grade at Fairgrieve Elementary.
“It’s funny,” Tarolli said. “She [Merry] was the one who first got me interested in architecture in the fourth grade when we had to make a city.”
Tarolli and Merry said it was around 1989 when they did a project that required students to use clay and cardboard materials in laying out houses and buildings to form a city.
“We had to brainstorm,” said Tarolli. “What are the needs of a community, a restaurant, a gas station, a bank . . .”
After “Making Connections Day,” it would seem that more Fulton teachers are equipped to provide students with experiences like Tarolli’s.