Kristin Kulow, a certified academic life coach, said encouraging students to be aware of themselves as individuals is important. Helping them identify values and strengths can be a process that involves adults and families, she said, and pupils also need social skills to be able to interact and ask questions as they pursue interests.
Megan Ackley, SUNY Oneonta internship coordinator, urged listeners to be creative about identifying internship opportunities for students. SUNY Oneonta has internship and community service programs for students with Ioxus, Corning, the city of Oneonta and Otsego County, among other local entities, and she said other businesses and groups are welcome to participate.
The summit was sponsored by CDO Workforce, SUNY Oneonta and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.