Careers Ahead

The council facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.
The council facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.

The Career Pathways Advisory Council convened at Walt Whitman where representatives from over 40 local businesses met with business students from Mrs. Stueber’s, Mr. Nappi’s, and Mr. Smiloff’s classes. The council, coordinated by Robert Callahan and Cheryl Irizarry facilitates the interaction between South Huntington students and faculty with local businesses, college representatives, and not-for-profit organizations.

The meeting began with an overview of Whitman’s Business courses, which are designed to provide our students with the transferable skills they need to become workplace ready. Those skills include using Microsoft Office software products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, check writing, budgeting, understanding credit cards, career planning, and understanding and practicing appropriate workplace protocols.

Students from Mrs. Stueber’s Virtual Enterprise class explained how they employ all of those skills and more as owner/operators of their virtual global business. Chris Adams, CEO of one of two firms in operation delivered his firm’s elevator pitch and asks for any businesses who may want to serve as mentors for our students.

Mrs. Irizarry explained the nature of Mock Interview Day and requested business members to consider participating in this year’s upcoming Mock Interview event on December 14th and 15th at Walt Whitman. If anyone would like to participate please contact Mrs. Irizarry at Cirizarry@shufsd.org

Mr. Callahan informed the council of the need for students to gain valuable work experience and asked for members to consider some of the ways in which businesses can participate, include hosting internships, participating in job shadow days, Mock Interview Day as an Interviewer, guest speaking in our classrooms, mentoring our Virtual Enterprise students and providing part-time job opportunities.

Please contact Mr. Callahan via email Rcallahan@shufsd.org if you would like to learn more about how you or your business can help our students in their journey to become the next generation of our workforce.