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TST BOCES Adult Education Hosts Job Fair in Downtown Ithaca

TST BOCES Adult Education hosted its second annual “Spring into Action” job fair

Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Ithaca.

Students and residents in search of employment opportunities and educational internships packed the Commons to meet with recruiters from more than 15 local businesses.

Bethany Mortlock, an Animal Science student at TST BOCES Career and Tech Center from Ithaca High School, said she thinks she found her dream job at the event.

“I’ve always been interested in wildlife conservation and working with animals in their natural habitats,” said Mortlock. “I just didn’t expect to find a job that checked every box so soon.”

Bethany Mortlock with Josh Teeter

Mortlock spent the afternoon speaking with Josh Teeter, an Environmental Educator for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).

“It’s a job that gets you outside and into our beautiful parks every day,” said Teeter. “We collect samples, clean out bird boxes, remove invasive species. You are going to be busy, and you are going to learn a lot. I think Bethany would be a great fit.”

In addition to job recruiters, the fair also had a number of community partners in attendance.

Tompkins Workforce NY and Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) provided resources for jobseekers to overcome barriers including transportation hardships, resume preparation, and healthcare options for the uninsured.

Attendees at Lowes table

“The job-seeking process can be quite intimidating for many young adults, English-language learners, and high school equivalency candidates without much work experience,” said Luke Sjolund, Case Manager for TST BOCES Adult Education. “We’ve got great working relationships with several participating entities that help bridge these gaps and make employment more attainable for our students.”

TST BOCES plans to continue working on events with its community partners to help transition work-ready students into the local job force.

“In our community, building partnerships is just as important as filling vacancies,” said Sjolund

Tompkins County Public Library

For more information on adult education classes, visit www.TSTBOCES.org/AdultEducation or call 607-273-4095. Follow TST BOCES Adult Education on Facebook for the latest updates on upcoming events, class schedules, and career opportunities.