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February 5, 2014

Employers to mentor Job Corps students

Students at the Oneonta Job Corps Academy have a chance to get some valuable workplace experience in February through Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

The initiative, started in 1999, engages students by pairing them with workplace mentors to demonstrate connections between academic and technical skills to careers.

Job Corps understands the importance of making the connections between center-based classrooms and employer workplaces. This program offers students another opportunity to do just that, Oneonta Job Corps Center Director Chris Kuhn said in a media release.

Job Corps will participate in interviewing workshops to build confidence and professionalism, host informational lectures from local organizations, and send 20-30 students to shadow among business partners, business and community liaison Adina Feliu said.

Two students will be going to Robynwood in Stamford and one to Dave’s Auto on Thursday. Other visits to business partners including SUNY Oneonta, Otsego Electric Cooperative, Monroe Muffler, Monser Brothers, Susquehanna Auto and Bassett Medical Center are being planned, she said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to get a foot in the door and see what their trade will involve,” Feliu said.

There are about 300 students at Job Corps. One is Mariel Augustine, from Dominica, who completed the medical office technician trade and is working to become a certified medical assistant. She is scheduled to attend a session at Bassett next week.

“This is a great opportunity for me to see the different employment options that the medical world has to offer,” she said. “I’m very excited about this.”

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