Nearly 1,200 students got a taste of the job market Tuesday during the Broome-Tioga BOCES annual Spring Career Fair.
The event brought out dozens of representatives of employers, unions, military branches and higher education facilities.
\"I think everybody has seen a lot of students and they\'re looking for their careers and what they want to advance in,\" said Dixie Banner, training director for International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 325.
Along with IBEW, other unions that offer apprenticeships were on-hand, including Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 112 and Labors Local 785.
The table for the U.S. Army Reserves stayed pretty busy. Those that join can serve their country while taking advantage of financial incentives for college, said Army Staff Sgt. Marcus Taylor.
\"A lot of the kids, they have interest,\" he said.
Students in BOCES\' half-day training programs and seniors from 16 surrounding school districts attended the fair, said BOCES Work Experience Coordinator Laurie Hahl.
\"This is when students are gearing up for graduation,\" she said, noting it\'s the ideal time to let them know what\'s out there, whether they will go directly into the workforce or head to college.
Best Buy, Wegmans, Lourdes Hospital, United Health Services, The Raymond Corp., Time Warner, Weis Markets, Gault Chevrolet Co. Inc. and BW Elliott Manufacturing were just a few of the 66 businesses that were there.
Alicia Rogers, 16, a student in the Tioga Central School District and culinary student at BOCES, walked the career fair with fellow culinary students Taylor William, 17, Desirea Scott, 18, and Tanique Smith, 18. Rogers said she isn\'t sure which specialty she\'d like to go into, but knows that as long as she\'s cooking, she\'ll be happy.
\"I love to cook,\" she said. \"Food is amazing.\"