Cheney Tech job fair: 'Vision for the Future'
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
The strategic mission of Howell Cheney Technical High School can be summed up in one simple formula: education + business partnership = productive workforce. Everybody benefits from the strategy, from the employers looking for quality, skilled employees to the tech students who can expect careers after graduation. To further this goal, Cheney Tech will be hosting a 'Vision for the Future' job fair on Wednesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
“It's geared towards our juniors and seniors and will help them make those connections and bridges with employers,” said Dean of Students Jousette Caro.
The job fair will begin with a scholarship award ceremony. Seven Cheney Tech students will be given scholarships, presented by Universal Technical Institute, as part of the SkillsUSA technical student organization. Winners will receive a free advanced factory training program, as well as scholarships ranging from $1,000 to the first place prize of $10,000, which will be awarded to Kyle Talbot of Somers. Talbot was top in the state is a SkillsUSA competition, which included a written test, precision measurements of camshafts and cylinder liners, a review of job interview skills, basic electrical tests, and parts identification. Talbot is also employed at All Waste and Millane Nursery in Cromwell, both of which helped him complete his Eagle Scout project, beautifying the entrance to Johnson Memorial Hospital. "He's extremely motivated and very skilled," said Caro.
More than 100 businesses and organizations have been invited. On the guest list is Coca Cola, Image Works, Connecticut Works, Cianbro, Home Depot, Lowes, Liberty Mutual Insurance, New England Institute of Technology, Capital Workforce Partners, ConnOSHA, the state Department of Labor, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 777, Ironworkers Local 15 and ATI Ladish Machining, to name a few.
Job placements for seniors is also an important part of Cheney Tech's mission. “Our mission is to instill a lifelong zest for learning and give our students the education and tools they need in order to become successful citizens, and that includes meeting their needs for employment,” said Caro.
Last year, all seniors in the manufacturing program were placed in jobs after graduation, and the year before, all but one were placed (due to a transportation conflict). “This year we're working on placing all of our seniors and juniors in employment with manufacturers in the area, and it has been an excellent collaboration,” said Caro.
Cheney Tech students who will be seeking jobs in manufacturing in the state may find themselves in high demand in the years to come. “Many of the people who are employed in manufacturing will be looking to retire within the next 10 to 15 years,” said Caro. “That opens up the great possibility for our students to be in the right time period to seek employment.”
Cheney Tech will also hold its fourth Teen Health Fair on Thursday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Both students and their parents are invited to learn more about health awareness and prevention and to connect them with local organizations, such as the South Windsor Teen Center, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and ECHN.
For more information about the 'Vision for the Future' job fair on May 8, contact Caro at Jousette.Caro@ct.gov.