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College and Career Day Was a Hit
Hundreds of Unadilla Valley Central School students hit streets across the region on Thursday, March 16 to learn about colleges and careers.

Students in grades seven through 11 embarked on field trips. They spent half the day at a college campus. For the second half of the day, they went to businesses as a group to learn about occupations.

Places visited by students included Binghamton University, Morrisville State College, DCMO BOCES, SUNY Delhi, Colgate University, SUNY Oneonta, Raymond Corp., Sportsfield Specialties, Burt Rigid Box, Ioxus, and Custom Electronics.

Seniors had a different opportunity. They were able to choose from among nearly 50 different jobs for career shadowing. The opportunities covered a broad spectrum. Students were able to shadow an electrician, several medical professionals, a variety of different positions in local industries and many more.

Sixth grade was also part of College and Career Day, although they didn’t have to leave the building. Instead, those students engaged with guest speakers, including Steve Palmatier from Commerce Chenango and Bruce Erath from the Voss Group. They also had the opportunity to do job shadowing in the cafeteria and did a job tour around the school, which had a particular focus on 12-month district employees with whom the student don’t often get to interact.

This is the second year Unadilla Valley has held College and Career Day.

“Data shows that our students are not getting significant levels of exposure to opportunities in the world beyond their own microcosm,” said Student Advocate Kevin Nial, one of the organizers of College and Career Day. “It is important to show kids opportunities that they possibly did not even know existed, to show them things they may not otherwise have had a chance to see. If kids see a college campus or a career opportunity it might just spark a goal and a resulting lifelong adventure.”

Unadilla Valley's College and Career Day was made possible in part by a collaboration with the Career Opportunities in Rural Education program based at Milford Central School, which includes several school districts in the region. CORE helped coordinate worksite visits and job shadowing opportunities.

Secondary Principal Frank Johnson is seen with several students boarding a bus

Secondary Principal Frank Johnson issues last minute instructions to students.

Several students are seen tourng Sportsfield Specialties

Students toured Sportsfield Specialties in Delhi, which makes sports equipment, 
including the goal posts used in the Super Bowl.


Suzanne King in the Business Office talks about careers with sixth grade students.

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