|A Word from the Director|
November 22, 2017
Career Exploration & Workforce Development Continue to be Key Concerns!
At a recent (11/21/17) Chamber Business Education Alliance meeting discussion and planning continued around the topics of career exploration and workforce development.
Lisa DeCarlo and Heidy Arts from Urban Design discussed the opportunities for students to learn about the variety of careers in the skilled trades through Urban’s Tiny House Project and Lisa Ippolito, Assistant Administrator at Absolut Care of East Aurora, talked about the vast array of options in the health care field in facilities like Absolut Care.
Urban Design’s Tiny House project will involve local high school students working to create a 136 square foot home from design to finished product with the help of local trades’ people as a fund raiser for the East Aurora Boys & Girls Club.
Lisa Ippolito not only discussed health career opportunities in nursing but also positions such as CNA’s, technicians and therapists along with necessary support staff in hospitality, culinary, cosmetology and mechanical, in a nursing home setting.
Participating in the discussion were representatives from our local school districts and BOCES II, small and large businesses (Moog, Steuben Foods, University Pediatric Dental) and representation from NYS Senator Gallivan’s office.
This interaction leads to greater collaborations between our business community and school districts, several resulting in valuable internship experiences for students.
The Chamber continues to play an important role in keeping these discussions in the fore front and being a catalyst in creating these collaborations to prepare students for the workplace of the future.
We welcome interested members to join us at our next meeting Tuesday, December 19th, noon at Tony Rome’s.
Have a great day!
Gary D. Grote