Oneonta, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In an attempt to better prepare students for future career opportunities, community members gathered together to discuss a plan.
Networking with others was key at the Workforce Education Summit this morning.
"It enabled us to make connections with business leaders, workforce development leaders and higher education leaders," said Superintendent of Edmeston School District, Brian Hunt.
Panelists discussed the importance of the CORE program, which works to develop future career opportunities for students in the region.
"The big goal long term is to try to keep young professionals here," said CORE Director Elizabeth Rickard. "So, we're trying to expose them to local business, and train them in in-demand fields locally, so that we can hopefully retain those young people."
Learning beyond the books was the focal point in a plan community members would like to design and implement.
"The students gain experience that they can highlight during job interviews, on their resumes, cover letters," said SUNY Oneonta Internship Coordinator Megan Ackley.
Local school leaders believed discussing these opportunities could help students determine future career paths.
"We know that a lot of our students are motivated by doing something hands on, doing something in the real world, doing something in a potential career field. To find out 'Yeah, I would like to do that,' or 'No, that's not quite for me,'" added Hunt.