A new initiative launched in Suffolk County aims to introduce high school students to local industrial employers and showcase job opportunities after graduation.
Supervised by the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Authorization and Consumer Affairs, the Classroom to Careers Initiative organizes virtual tours of local businesses for high school students, pairing participating employers with interested school districts.
This initiative is free for participating districts and businesses.
The initiative hosted its first virtual tour and interactive presentation on Wednesday with a group of over 80 Brentwood high school students led by music equipment maker D’Addario & Company. Educational sessions are not open to the public to ensure the safety and privacy of participating students. The district of interest can arrange sessions for students with the Department of Labor.
Rosalie Drago, Commissioner of the Ministry of Labor of Suffolk, said the initiative would arrange ongoing tours and presentations with participating employers and schools at least once a month, with the goal of increasing it to several times a month. Stated.
“These 14 to 18 years old are the time to explore and discover the common ground between what you are interested in and what you can use as a career,” said Drago. “It helps them make the best post-higher education choices for themselves and their situation, and helps them understand the number of Long Island jobs they have a career path to. To help-most people are unaware. “
“Classroom to Careers provide young people with a roadmap to a rewarding career and help unleash the endless possibilities here on Long Island,” said Steve Bellone, executive of Suffolk County. “This program provides direct insights into some of our most popular and growing industries and encourages students to explore career paths near their homes.”
Employers interested in participating in the program can contact Alonzo Cook of the Suffolk Labor Department at Alonzo.Cook @ suffolkcountyny.gov. School districts of interest can contact Stacey Lesko, the Youth Director of the Ministry of Labor at Stacey.Lesko @ suffolkcountyny.gov.