Draper Middle School eighth graders were urged to ask questions and take chances in exploring career options.
“Don’t be afraid of failure, because you can always turn failure into an opportunity to learn,” said Michael Saccocio, executive director of City Mission of Schenectady.
Saccocio was the keynote speaker for “Passport to Your Future,” a daylong career-focused field trip to Schenectady County Community College on March 16.
“You all have gifts, you all have talents, you all have things that interest you,” said Saccocio. “There’s greatness in every one of you. Now’s the time to show it, to start putting it to work.”
Students “dressed for success” and listened attentively to presenters discuss their chosen fields, Participating students attended four different career sessions from among more than 20 offered by guest speakers.
Draper guidance counselors organize the annual event to get students excited about potential future careers.
Special thanks to those who volunteered their time to present to students, including:
- Elementary Ed Teacher, Josh Hughes, Pinewood Elementary School
- Executive Chef: Dimitrios Menagias, The City Beer Hall
- Police Officer: Mike Rumbaugh, Rotterdam Police Department
- Welding/Plumbing: Richard and Vin Fazio, Fine Line Plumbing/Vic’s Roll Off
- Civil Engineer: Dan Dennis, New York State Department of Transportation
- Cosmetologist/Makeup Artist: Gina Male; Nicole Ostrander; Saamra Newberry, Cip Styles
- Director of Operations: Guy Bucey, Inova
- Department of Public Works: Andrew Kohout, Superintendent
- Athletic Trainer: Sonya Comin, SUNY Cortland
- Military/Armed Forces: Scott Hays, Army National Guard
- Lawyer: Michael Godlewski, First Deputy County Attorney
- Medical Profession: Capital Care Medical Group: Nicole Tetreault, MD, Rachel Dykstra, MA, Rose Maurice, LPN, Michele Scrom, CMA, CPM;
- Archeology: Louise Basa and Diana Carter, SCCC Archeology Program
- Social Worker: Diane Blinn, Mohonasen High School/Capital Region BOCES
- Crime Scene Investigator: Erin Manns and Lisa MacLauchlin, NYS Police
- Photographer: Angela D’Amico, Angela Mia Photography
- Architect/Engineer/Interior Designer: Melissa Renkawitz and CJ Goodwin, CSArch
- Music Industry: Mendy Varga, Kendor Music
- Veterinarian: Dr. Beverly Blinn-Knapp, DVM, Burnt-Hills Veterinary Hospital
- Real Estate: Glenn & Amber Schworm, Signature Home Buyers
- 911 Dispatcher: Kevin Spawn, Deputy Director, Schenectady County Unified Communications
- Systems Engineer: Krystle Gallo, General Dynamics Mission Systems
- Journalist: Karen Male, Executive Producer, Spectrum News
- Journalist: Miles Reed, Daily Gazette