JBC Hosts Students, Business Reps For Careers Day

Area high school students caught a brief glimpse of what their futures could hold by visiting a local college.

On Wednesday, Jamestown Business College hosted students from five school districts in its sole Careers in Business Day event of the spring semester.

Held three times throughout an academic year, JBC’s Careers in Business Day is one of the college’s most well-received outreach programs in terms of outside student participation. The event brings together high school students and representatives from a variety of local businesses in a classroom setting. Here, students can learn background information about these businesses and also receive inside information about how they operate.

According to Brenda Salemme, director of admissions, the concept of Careers in Business Day was formulated more than a decade ago as a means of allowing students to achieve a free-flowing, uninterrupted dialogue with professionals in the job market.

“It really opens (the students’) eyes a lot of times,” Salemme said. “Sometimes it confirms what they want to go into, and other times it actually deters them away from what they think they want to get into; but they get a more realistic view so they don’t make mistakes when they get into college.”

Students from Jamestown, Sherman, Brocton, Frewsburg and Warren County Career Center met with representatives from eight local organizations. The businesses and organizations represented included: Manpower, Elegant Edibles, Heritage Living, Forbici Hair Design, Jamestown Gateway Train Station, the Lucy-Desi Center, Moore & Myott and the Jamestown Jammers. Gary Peters, an independent designer for Web and graphic design, also lent his expertise in the field to the event.

Carrie Graham, branch manager of Manpower in Jamestown and Elmira, said representing her company at the event was just as meaningful to her as it was to the students who heard her speak.

“I find it very important to come to this event because these are the people that I’m going to be recruiting and placing into jobs. I like to be able to give them insight on my career, and I enjoy the interactions with some of the bright young adults coming through here. And some of the questions they have just blow me away. So it’s a good experience that’s very beneficial for them, but it’s good for us also to kind of get a feel for the generation coming into the workforce,” Graham said.

The representatives each gave brief seminars on the finer aspects of their jobs and fields of work. Students attended five total sessions; three of which constituted their top three choices, a lunch period and a session with a panel of current JBC students.