Stu­dents learn about ca­reer op­tions in area

The Citizens' Voice - - Local - BY MICHAEL P. BUF­FER STAFF WRITER

PLAINS TWP. — Bel­rick Corp. founder Frank Yam­rick said he met six prospec­tive em­ploy­ees Tues­day at the Wilkes-Barre Area Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter.

The ca­reer cen­ter part­nered with PA Ca­reerLink Luzerne County, Luzerne/ Schuylkill Work­force In­vest­ment Board and the Greater Pittston Cham­ber of Com­merce to present a ca­reer ex­plo­ration event. A to­tal of 66 busi­nesses and in­sti­tu­tions had rep­re­sen­ta­tives there to talk to stu­dents.

“I ex­pect six stu­dents will come in and fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion,” Yam­rick said.

Bel­rick Corp. is in Swoy­ersville and spe­cial­izes in pre­ci­sion and pro­duc­tion ma­chin­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing. Yam­rick said he has 43 em­ploy­ees and is look­ing for more.

But the main pur­pose of Tues­day’s event was not for stu­dents to find jobs but to give them “an op­por­tu­nity to speak to lo­cal em­ploy­ers” and learn about ca­reer choices avail­able in the area, Ca­reerLink Ad­min­is­tra­tor Chris­tine Jensen said.

Ca­reerLink per­formed in­ter­est as­sess­ments of stu­dents and di­rected them to com­pa­nies that fit with their in­ter­ests. The agency also quizzed stu­dents to see if they could iden­tify six prod­ucts with the com­pa­nies that pro­duced the prod­ucts.

Gabriella Ramirez, a 12th grade stu­dent from White Haven, said she was im­pressed there were “a lot of dif­fer­ent choices in jobs.” She is study­ing culi­nary arts at the ca­reer cen­ter but also in­ter­ested in get­ting a col­lege de­gree to pur­sue a ca­reer in in­fant phys­i­cal ther­apy.

David Joyce, a culi­nary arts in­struc­tor and co­or­di­na­tor of the ca­reer ex­plo­ration event at the ca­reer cen­ter, said he hopes the event can “plant seeds” in the minds of stu­dents so they can fig­ure out what they will do “the day af­ter grad­u­a­tion.”

WAR­REN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Theresa Rose Good­win, left, of PA Ca­reerLink, chats with stu­dents as they use lap­tops to an­swer ques­tions dur­ing the an­nual ca­reer ex­plo­ration event at the Wilkes-Barre Area Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter.

WAR­REN RUDA / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Stu­dents at Wilkes-Barre Area Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter lis­ten to An­gelina Mor­gan of Sap­phire Sa­lon talk about the busi­ness dur­ing Ca­reer Ex­plo­ration Day in Plains Twp.

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