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."
Hundreds of 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 training in certified nursing assisting and dental assisting. 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. 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, was one of the presenters at the event and is a CiTi alum from the public safety and justice program. 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."