Keeping Students Connected at Career Opportunities Fair

LI companies like East/West Industries are major players in STEAM opportunities of the future.
LI companies like East/West Industries are major players in STEAM opportunities of the future.
The panel discussion was lead by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman (right), and included panelists left to right:  Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor, Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, and Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions.
The panel discussion was lead by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman (right), and included panelists left to right: Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor, Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, and Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions.
Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.” – Dr. Jared Bloom
Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.” – Dr. Jared Bloom

A grant from the Workforce Development Institute, and partnering with LaunchPad Huntington and RecruitLI, South Huntington School District hosted the Western Suffolk Career Opportunities Fair on September 27th.   Other school districts also partnered with South Huntington in order to help parents, students and teachers connect the dots in the search for career opportunities and to know what could be available for our students in the future. “It is important to know that there are really good jobs on Long Island and fantastic STEM jobs that have great paying salaries,” said South Huntington’s Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum, Dr. Jared Bloom.

The event created a forum to connect people from different industries and included a panel discussion that helped start the conversation on a much grander scale.  The discussion was led by James Beard Award-Winning food podcaster Dan Pashman, and included panelists Briana Banks of Estee Lauder, Anthony Costa from BAE Systems, Cheryl Davidson of Northwell Health, Mitch Maiman from Intelligent Product Solutions, and Ryan Stanton of Long Island Federation of Labor.

Along with the panel discussion, the career fair also offered breakout sessions in which attendees had hands-on experiences with some of the industries that were present. “By connecting with these companies, it empowered students to know that they have options when it comes time to join the workforce,” added Dr. Bloom. Whether a student has a bachelor’s degree or is looking for work straight from high school, there are companies on Long Island that offer opportunities for everyone, including ones willing to pay college tuition while you begin your career.

 “Many Long Islanders are unaware that these job opportunities exist, so positions tend to go unfilled and companies begin recruiting from other places,” said Dr. Bloom.  “Roughly 85% of incoming Kindergarteners will be in jobs that currently don’t exist. Being at the forefront of ‘Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow’ is South Huntington’s Mission and we have a responsibility to educate our children about those jobs and to work with these companies to learn how we can fill these positions.”