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Herkimer BOCES program reaches out to girls and their futures

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - High school girls from 10 local school districts got the change to think seriously about their future careers Friday.

About 100 students from the 10 component school districts to Herkimer BOCES were invited. The teens heard from strong women in the community, including Sherry DePerno, the executive director of ALS of Utica; Jennifer Herzog, a microbiologist at Herkimer College; Melissa Bartlett, a biology instructor at Mohawk Valley Community College and Regan Johnson, director of operations at Griffis Institute.

"We're encouraging girls to think about nontraditional careers, as well as traditional careers," said Roberta Matthews, director of academic services at Herkimer BOCES. "Girls don't have to just be teachers, nurses and moms. Although all of those careers are incredibly important, those are careers that are for people who really feel an interest in those careers. The world is a wide-open place."

The girls also learned salary isn't everything and to love what you do.

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