Over 100 business and education leaders gathered at the 2022 Awards Ceremony to recognize the key partnerships that made the Internship Program successful. The keynote presenter, Michael Stamets, shared in his message his journey from completing the Culinary Arts programs at DCMO BOCES to his successful appointment as the Associate Dean of Hospitality and the CEC · SUNY Broome Community College. He spoke of the need for more mentors and employers' critical role in workforce development by opening work-based learning opportunities to students. His inspirational comments also recognized the opportunities at SUNY Broome Community College and how the organization is re-shaping its practices to attract and retain younger audiences.
Among the organizations recognized at the event was; The Raymond Corporation as the Business Partner of the Year. Selected for their full engagement with education and proactive approach to mentoring young workers, John Sassani from the Raymond Corporation was highlighted as a success story to inspire other employers to engage in workforce preparation efforts with education
Three individuals were recognized for their outstanding support of the Work-based Learning Program. Melissa Beers from Teaser’s Hair and Nail Studio, Joe Eldred, Town of Norwich Norwich Highway Department, and Calvin Tallmadge from Wagner Lumber. The Career Exploration program introduces students to careers early in their education. Casella Waste Recovery Enterprises was recognized as the Top Career Exploration Partner for supporting events and initiatives that help students discover their career destinations. The Community Partner of the Year award recognized Sheriff Craig Dumond for his endless support of career development and safety awareness and his involvement in the classroom and beyond inspiring young people to find opportunities in our region
Spreading the word about initiatives and events allows the Career Destinations program to reach out to large audiences. The Daily Star was recognized as the Top Media Partner for its sustained support of career development initiatives and commitment to raising public awareness of the importance of career development.
The event's highlight was the presentation capturing the work of five organizations, awarded an opportunity to serve as coaches and consultants to help shape the process of developing internships. The organizations recognized were ActionLube-Soda Jerks, ARC Otsego, The Culman Center, Delaware Bulldozing, and SFCU. These organizations will present their findings and recommendations to the business community at the end of 2022. The program, funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided the foundation for developing industry-specific plans for organizations to develop an internal paid internship program. The program's goal was to build a network and a model to increase employers' participation in the classroom to improve graduates' retention in our region.