DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Dobbs Ferry Middle School is preparing its students to be career-minded during its annual Career Days for seventh and eighth grade students.
The seventh-grade Career Day 2015 took place on March 11 and the eighth-grade career day will be held this Wednesday.
The goal of Career Day, orchestrated by Middle School counselor Rose Mittan, was to educate students about a variety of professions, while teaching them the value of good writing skills in these fields.
The 115 seventh-graders attended five presentations given by Middle School parents.
The eighth-grade career day, coordinated by Middle School Counselor Sandra Hacker, will kick off with keynote speaker Julie Cottineau, a marketing expert, founder and chief executvie officer of BrandTwist and Dobbs Ferry School District parent, in an assembly for the 128 eighth grade students.
The students will be “matched” with four out of the 14 speakers and attend pre-selected sessions (a half-hour each) according to their individual schedules.
The students were surveyed ahead of time to find out what vocations they would be most interested in learning about.
“We were offering college and career-readiness activities even before it became mandated as part of the Common Core State Standards,” said Hacker. “It’s so important for students to be exposed early to different career opportunities as it helps them make informed decisions. At this age, the sky’s the limit. It’s all about finding your passion.”
The eighth-grade career day presenters include the following: Dr. Jeffrey L. Young, Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology, Young Med Solutions; George Longworth, commissioner Westchester County Public Safety; Barbara Bayer-Mertens, former New York City high school English teacher, Patricia Sheridan, associate professor of law, Manhattan College, School of Business; Dr. Katherine Hough, pediatrician, Pediatrics on Hudson; Ted Werthman, senior portfolio manager, Barlow Partners, Inc.; Lisa Baglieri and Binny Tercek, Interior Design, Binny & Lisa; Mary Jane Farnsworth, photographer, Mary Jane Photography; Ted Warner- UX/UI developer (computer science/programming), Bloomberg LP; Nick Pagerie, executive chef, Larchmont Yacht Club; Donna Assumma , vice president, ABC National Television Sales; Myrosia Dragan, structual engineer, WSP Engineering and Michelle Kelly Wurf, owner/director, MK Dance.
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