Updated: December 23, 2019 03:41 PM
Created: July 08, 2019 12:37 PM
COLONIE – Anya Afridi, 12, didn't want to spend the summer on her cell phone or social media. So she found a brand new summer program that could open her up to the world of skilled trades.
"I'm looking forward to the medical stuff, because when I grow up I want to be a pediatrician," Afridi said while in the first day of the program, Internet.
The week also includes culinary (Tuesday), carpentry (Wednesday), automotive (Thursday) and health careers (Friday).
"With this kind of work, you can work in really any field," said Barbara Gorbaty, the internet teacher. "So if you're passionate about race cars, you could be designing race car graphics, if you're passionate about the stock market, you could be writing stock market apps. So there's so many opportunities to apply this."
The middle schoolers are from Niskayuna and Schalmont. There are 23 component school districts linked to BOCES.
"They're 7th, 8th and 9th graders," said Nancy Liddle, Business Community Liaison. "This is when your mind starts working, what do I want to be when I grow up.
"I have businesses call me frequently for job opportunities for students. We have students that work on summer jobs, internships and full-time job opportunities."
Summer is still about learning at this @CapRegionBOCES @CareerTecTweets Summer Camp. Today is #STEM & Internet Apps. Students from @NiskayunaCSD & @SchalmontCSD. Button & logos. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/z2MnFoeyT4— John Craig (@JohnCraigWNYT) July 8, 2019
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