Nearly 30 students offered jobs at first Erie 2 BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center job fair

Submitted Photo: At left, Tyler Schroeder and Rachel Evans, right, got job offers with Nestle Purina and Absolut Care, respectively, at the LoGuidice Center’s first Job Fair.

Submitted Photo: At left, Tyler Schroeder and Rachel Evans, right, got job offers with Nestle Purina and Absolut Care, respectively, at the LoGuidice Center’s first Job Fair.

As students from across the region head back to school in the next few days, some of them will make the choice to attend the Erie 2-Chautaqua-Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Educational Center. There they will choose a career path in one of ten programs from automotive body repair and criminal justice, to health careers and welding and metal fabrication preparing them for college and careers.

It is not just classroom work that students will participate in over the course of their junior and senior years of high school. Many will also join clubs dedicated to expanded learning in their fields such as Explorers, SkillsUSA, Future Farmers of America and Health Occupations Students of America. In addition, seniors will get real-world experience as they complete internships with local businesses.

“We encourage all of our students to make the most of the opportunities we offer here at the LoGuidice Center,” said LoGuidice Center school counselor Alycia Lacki. “It’s important to get experience in working both in and outside of the classroom. The additional activities offered expand on what they will find should they choose to continue their education in college or go directly into their field.”

Taking educational opportunities another step higher is something that Lacki is passionate about. This past year, students participated in a job fair on the campus that included 13 local businesses partnered with the center. Students put their communication skills to work in mock interviews, complete with resume writing and question and answer periods.

Nearly 60 students attended the fair with almost 30 getting job offers on the spot.

“The employers that participated in our job fair were impressed with the professionalism and caliber of our students,” commented Lacki. “Many commented on the quality and effectiveness of their portfolios and resumes. It was a great experience for everyone and speaks highly of the education the students are receiving as well as the desire for local businesses to encourage them to fill positions at their companies.”

High school juniors who are not currently enrolled at the LoGuidice Center but are interested in a program have the next two weeks to sign up. Any interested students may contact Mrs. Lacki or their home school counselor.

For more information on all of the programs offered at the LoGuidice Center, visit www.e2ccb.org, or call 672-4371, extension 2001.

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