OSWEGO – Workforce NY’s Oswego County Training and Careers Expo was hosted at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation recently, a chance for students to learn about growing Oswego County employment opportunities in fields where training is available locally.
Based on local employer feedback, careers in electrical and mechanical maintenance, skilled trades, occupational therapy, health sciences and power generation are growing at an astounding rate in our county.
“These are jobs that employers have trouble filling but are in high demand,” explained Chad Whelsky, employment specialist for the county. “With two years or less of local training, you can make a very good living and stay right here in our area.”
SUNY Oswego’s Director of the Office of Business and Community Relations Jeffrey Grimshaw kicked off the event with a speech about decision-making and career goals.
“As a junior or senior in high school, these decisions are coming up quickly for you,” said Grimshaw. “What is your next step? Today is about helping you find some ideas and answers.”
Over a hundred students split up into groups and were guided by CiTi’s public safety and justice students throughout the building for informational sessions with organizations like Entergy, Rehab Resources, Novelis, Dynegy and Exelon.
The Center for Career and Community Education, the new community collaborative between Cayuga Community College and CiTi, also had an informational table on adult education opportunities available, such as training to become a certified nursing assistant or dental assistant.
The visitors were able to witness the new renovations currently taking place at CiTi’s Mexico campus, which include a new gymnasium and modernized classrooms.
Many of the employers gave tips on what their organizations are looking for in employees and how to perform well in interviews.
In addition to describing the specific career fields they are hiring for now, many of the employers gave tips on what their organizations are looking for in employees and how to perform well in interviews.
Among many traits sought were communication and social skills, reliability and honesty.
Novelis Engineering Manager Joe Ritz made students aware that recruiters do contact references on resumes. He also recommended that students do research on the organization they are applying for as it demonstrates their interest and investment in the position.
Ryan Carpenter, Security Training Supervisor at Entergy and and a CiTi alum from the public safety and justice program, was one of the presenters at the event.
His job involves training new security personnel to protect the plant by controlling access and ensuring safety.
Current public safety and justice student Jeremiah Kimbrell said he was interested in the security positions that Entergy might have to offer him someday and he asked questions regarding qualifications and tuition reimbursement.
The expo certainly provided juniors and seniors with many career options to think about.
Despite the difficult economy, Grimshaw confidently concluded the morning by saying, “There is employment in Oswego County.”