Cooperation helps students, business with employment opportunities

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We were happy to learn that Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and Indium Corp. recently wrapped up their first season of a new Student Workforce Development Program.

The effort is known as the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) and aims to create career pathways for P-TECH students and at the same time address the growing skills gap facing local businesses with hands-on job opportunities.

P-TECH provides an integrated high school and college curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), while also providing workplace skills including leadership, communication and problem-solving. The Student Workforce Development Program is the product of a conversation between P-TECH student Breanna Newman and Indium Corporation Corporate Associate Vice President Rick Short.

“The ability to create such a program came in large part from the buy-in of our supervisors who would be hosting the student workers,” said Jim McCoy, talent acquisition supervisor at Indium Corporation.

P-TECH and Indium plan to continue offering the Student Workforce Development Program to future students the summer before their senior year of high school. Students will be given the opportunity to apply and interview for positions in the spring of their junior year, with multiple students being able to participate each year.

This type of cooperation between the academic world and private sector help boost job opportunities. Local students can remain in and be employed in our region.

To learn more about P-TECH OHM, go online to: www.oneida-boces.org/ptech.

• To learn more about Indium Corporation, see the website: www.indium.com.

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