Draper Middle School eighth graders explored potential careers during “Passport to Your Future,” a daylong, career-focused field trip to Schenectady County Community College on March 18.
Students “dressed for success” as they listened attentively to presenters discuss their chosen fields. Keynote speaker Mike Saccochio, Schenectady City Mission Executive Director, urged students to consider a career doing something they love. “Do small things well,” he said, and success will follow.
Participating students attended four different career sessions from among 20 offered by guest speakers. Students were assigned to career sessions that matched the results of career interest inventories they completed at school earlier in the year.
Draper guidance counselors organize the annual event to get students excited about potential future careers.
Special thanks to Career Day presenters:
- Elementary Ed Teacher, Laurie Dennis, Bradt Elementary School
- Executive Chef: Dimitrios Menagias, The City Beer Hall
- Police Officer: Mike Rumbaugh, Rotterdam Police Department
- Welding/Plumbing: Richard and Cody Fazio
- Civil Engineer: Dan Dennis, NYS Department of Transportation
- Athletic Trainer: Chuck DeVito, Mohonasen CSD
- Journalism/TV Producer: Karen Male
- Scientist: Kaelyn Sumigray, PhD, Duke University
- Auto Mechanic: Joe Vause, Capital City Imported Cars
- Military/Armed Forces: Sgt. Verrol Jackson and Staff Sergeant Michael Trask, Army National Guard
- Fashion Design: Mary Lange and Shadeh Din, Capital Region BOCES CTE
- Medical Profession: Dr. Cary Vachon, Sarah Hilstro, Marc Zorda, Tanya Riccio and Michele Scrom, Capital Care Medical Group
- Social Worker: Diane Blinn, Mohonasen High School/Capital Region BOCES
- Crime Scene Investigator: Erin Manns and Lisa MacLauchlin, NYS Police
- Artist: Tony Iadicicco, Albany Center Gallery
- Architect/Engineer/Interior Designer: Melissa Renkawitz and CJ Goodwin, CSArch
- Music Industry: Mendy Varga, Kendor Music
- Archeology: Louise Basa and Diana Carter, SCCC Archeology Program
- Video Game Design: Lisa Manuzak, Vicarious Vision
- Real Estate: Glenn and Amber Schworm, Signature Home Buyers
- Veterinarian: Dr. Beverly Blinn-Knapp, DVM, Burnt-Hills Veterinary Hospital