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Broome-Tioga BOCES held fourth annual workforce readiness fair

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome-Tioga BOCES held its fourth annual workforce readiness fair at its East Learning center in downtown Binghamton on Wednesday.

Approximately 100 students from grades 10-12 rotated through mock interviews and then had the chance to talk with representatives from a range of businesses and agencies.

Businesses such as the Dick’s Distribution Center, Carpenters Union, Autozone, UHS, Lowe’s and much more were there to help the students get ready to pursue a career in their chosen field.

Students made resumes and were encouraged to dress professionally, after the interviews students got to hear feedback on how they did.

Principal at BOCES east learning center, Chuck Wheeler, said that “practice makes perfect.”

“We’re hoping to allow our students to make those types of corrections to the things they would have done in this interview, we give feedback from the interviewers as part of it because it is a simulated job interview,” said Wheeler. “They get feedback on how they did and what they could do better. So really its just a way that our local employers are helping our students prepare for the future and the workplace.”

A total of eight different companies were available to talk to students as well as multiple vendors such as SUNY Broome and Cornell Cooperative extension.

Additionally about 15 separate interviewers came in on their own time to help the students prepare.

Chris Overby

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