Students Prepare for Careers Through Jobs and Internships at BOCES

December 06, 2018

“It is called ‘Find a Job Friday,’ but really every day is Find a Job Day,” said Work-Based Learning Coordinator Melissa Crea, who works at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES. It is Crea’s job to find internships and job placements for students in the college-bound and job-entry programs on campus.
“Find a Job Friday began as a catchy way to introduce students to our career center,” Crea said. Students in programs that range from New Visions Health, Sports Medicine and Veterinary Science to Auto Body, Cosmetology and Culinary and much more, enroll in the College and Career Network (CCN), an online website where students see job listings for area businesses. Crea meets with students and helps with everything from resume and cover-letter writing to mock interviews and how to write a thank-you letter.
Crea has placed Urban Forestry students at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, planting trees and doing landscaping; veterinary students at 13 Hands Equine Rescue and various animal hospitals; sports medicine students in a psychology office and rehabilitation center; New Visions Health students at Northern Westchester Hospital and various medical practices; Medical Assistant students at radiology, orthodontic, and optometry offices; and New Visions Engineering students at a local engineering firm, just to name a few.
“We also have a relationship with ACE Endico restaurant supply and retail store, where our Tilly Foster Culinary students cook samples for their customers using fresh ingredients from the store,” said Crea.
Crea has relationships with area businesses, which post job openings to the database. Crea then contacts teachers to let them know about new availability. Some students find jobs in fields they are interested in pursuing after college, while others are just looking for jobs as a way to make money after school.
Getting to know students before placing them is of the utmost importance, according to Crea. “Each student has a different story, so it is important to get to know them and what their interests and needs are,” she said. Crea considers her job a privilege. “It is so great to get to know the students, and they are getting something so valuable here at BOCES!”
Melissa Crea (left) assisting students with the College and Career Network website.