Tech students explore career opportunities at job fair

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. - More than 350 students at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Career & Technical Education Center had the opportunity to learn about available jobs in their own backyards during the Career & Technical Education Center’s fifth annual job fair.

More than 35 local employers will be on hand to discuss positions at their organization that are related to career and technical programs students are currently studying from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the OHM BOCES’ Learning Center on Middle Settlement Rd in New Hartford, N.Y.

“It has been a very successful event over the past four years,” said Jeanne Markley, principal of the Career & Technical Education Center. “The job fair gives students an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about job opportunities in the Mohawk Valley.”

Mark Barbano, regional economist for the New York State Department of Labor, explained that although job growth in the Mohawk Valley is expected to be less than it was before the latest economic downturn, approximately 3,400 new jobs are expected to be created in the region through 2018.

“Also, total job openings will be much greater than growth, due to the need to replace workers who retire or leave an occupation for other reasons, Barbano said.” Many of the new jobs will require training that can be attained from institutions such as BOCES, community colleges, four-year colleges and other training providers.”

The OHM BOCES serves the following component school districts: Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Sauquoit Valley, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro.

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