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Job, College Options In Focus During Fulton Junior High Career Day

FULTON, NY – Fulton Junior High School students recently got a glimpse at potential career paths as they explored a variety of jobs during the annual Career Day.

Students Lori Daino, Rachel Sharkey, Grace Esposito, Victoria Stoutenger and Aeilistar Vincent meet with CiTi Career and Technical Education counselors Scott Henry (left) and Dave Eastman (right). The students learned about a variety of job sectors during the school’s recent Career Day.
Students Lori Daino, Rachel Sharkey, Grace Esposito, Victoria Stoutenger and Aeilistar Vincent meet with CiTi Career and Technical Education counselors Scott Henry (left) and Dave Eastman (right). The students learned about a variety of job sectors during the school’s recent Career Day.

The event, sponsored by Fulton Community School, provided seventh  and eighth graders with an opportunity to meet with nearly two dozen college representatives and local employers.

Students learned about jobs ranging from the trades to public safety to hospitality.

Divided into small groups, the seventh and eighth graders met some of the employers in classrooms and learned about specific job duties, education requirements and the skills needed to be a good employee in that particular position.

“This is such a great event,” said Janice Scott, resource coordinator of the Fulton Community School initiative. “When the students meet with our guests, it reinforces the importance of education and coming to school every day. Showing up and doing your best every day is where it starts.”

Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy Kristy Crast discusses law enforcement roles and responsibilities as part of the Fulton Junior High School Career Day. Students (from left) Ashton Taylor, Jesse Taylor and Mason Firenze were eager to learn about police work during Crast’s presentation.
Oswego County Sheriff’s Deputy Kristy Crast discusses law enforcement roles and responsibilities as part of the Fulton Junior High School Career Day. Students (from left) Ashton Taylor, Jesse Taylor and Mason Firenze were eager to learn about police work during Crast’s presentation.

Scott noted that this year’s Career Day had a new element that enabled students to direct the conversation and ask questions during a less formal job fair in the gymnasium.

Tables were set up with representatives from Oswego County P-TECH; the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation; SUNY Oswego; Onondaga Community College; Nazareth; the armed forces (Air Force and Army); and the plumbers and steamfitters union.

To maintain the college/career-ready focus, students will have an opportunity to visit colleges in the spring.