FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- Middle school students at Frankfort-Schuyler got out of class, but didn't travel far to learn about career opportunities.
The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley brought a panel of professionals to the school auditorium to inspire the sixth and seventh graders.
The students witnessed drone technology at their doorsteps, learned about the hiring process from a human resource director, and got a crash course in running a banquet hall.
The professionals shared stories of failure and success.
“Each and every one of them opened their presentation by saying they didn’t know what they were going to do in junior high and middle school, but it takes a series of experiences for a child to arrive at a conclusion,” said Anthony Nicotera, the Genesis Education Committee co-chair.
Many of the speakers talked about changing majors in college, changing careers once they began their career, and eventually your career takes shape and they become very successful and they try to share those experiences with the students.
A retired Army general who returned to the area brought home the message the Mohawk Valley has much to offer these bright young minds.
Also if you look carefully, you see our own Katrina Smith on the stage -- she was one of the guest speakers for the day as well.