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P-TECH Mentorships Begin For Oswego County Students

Students enrolled in the Oswego County Pathways in Technology Early College High School program recently kicked off their mentorships with industry partners by hosting a celebratory luncheon.

Dave Lloyd, human resources training coordinator at Novelis, speaks with P-TECH students during the program’s recent mentorship celebration at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
Dave Lloyd, human resources training coordinator at Novelis, speaks with P-TECH students during the program’s recent mentorship celebration at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.

The program’s 55 students were split into small groups, each with its own mentor from one of P-TECH’s industry partners.

The informal event, held at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation provided a glimpse of what is to be expected throughout the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year and beyond.

Both students and mentors will utilize MentorPlace, an online mentoring program that provides academic assistance and career recommendations. Students will have a direct chat connection to their mentors in a safe, secure environment where they will learn and enhance soft skills.

During the luncheon, P-TECH Principal Bill Lynch commended all industry partner mentors for their belief and commitment to the students.

A supportive system, he said, will help P-TECH students soar to new educational heights.

He also expressed gratitude to the students for their commitment and perseverance through the program.

Each mentor then introduced themselves and offered the group advice and tips on career paths and college program choices.

“We need to hire you, as do other manufacturers when you finish this program,” said Nick Habel, human resource manager at Huhtamaki.

Before the event concluded, some of the students presented on the P-TECH recycling program before the small groups split off into mini mentor sessions with their industry partner mentors.