Area high school students recently got a good look into the field of business.
Jamestown Business College hosted its first Careers in Business Day event of the fall. The event brings together high school students and a variety of local businesses in a classroom setting. Here, students can learn background information about these businesses and also receive candid details about how they operate.
"We invite area juniors and seniors from high schools throughout Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren counties to come and learn more about the possibilities that exist in the business field," said Jessica Golley, director of marketing and communications. "We also invite local business professionals in a variety of fields to talk to the students about what these professions are really like. So, students are getting a nice snapshot of what that career might look like."
Students were given the opportunity to hear from business professionals during the “Careers in Business Day” event at Jamestown Business College.
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Attending students were given a list of the represented businesses and then rank the sessions by their interest. Using these results, they were then provided with a schedule that meets their career goals and interests. Each student was able to attend three separate sessions. Lunches were also provided throughout the day.
For Wednesday's event, JBC hosted nine school districts including: Silver Creek, Sherman, Pine Valley, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Forestville, Ripley, Sheffield, Kane and Southwestern. Some of the businesses in attendance were: Taverna Productions, The Lucy Desi Center, Time Warner Cable, 2nd Look Graphic Design, Manpower, Jamestown Savings Bank, Moore & Myott, Infinity and the Jamestown Jammers.
No two Careers in Business Day events are the same, however. Schools and businesses alike are in a state of fluctuation based on availability.
"As far as the schools, we have some teachers who come back year after year, and some just come when they can," said Golley. "So it makes for a good mix but it's always different students because they're bringing in the next round of classes. As far as speakers, we have some veterans who have helped us out several times but, for this event, we also have five new speakers coming in. It's always nice to keep it fresh and spread it out among the businesses in the community."
The most recent Careers in Business Day event hosted 10 school districts, some of which included: Brocton, Fredonia, Jamestown, Falconer and Hewes BOCES.