CNY Works has an annual Youth Employment Fair at the OnCenter, but this year the employment fair saw a larger turnout than normal. For the first time buses were sent to various schools to transport them from school to the OnCenter. Students were being let out of school to visit the OnCenter and the job fair in their hunt for Summer jobs.
CNY Works has also recieved $1.3 million from stimulus money to expand the program and they increased the age range they accepted from 14-21 usually, to 14-24 now. Students packed the OnCenter and interviewed with local companies for various positions with media companies, landscaping companies, etc.
The students were required to bring a resume, which some students said was hard because they are in eighth grade, but they were trained to give an interview, create a strong resume and make a good impression, overall.
The career fair was broken down over a few days and the age groups were divided and assigned to specific days. Today is dedicated to students ages 14-16. Some students said that they really wanted to get a Summer job to financially help their parents who had recently gotten laid off.
The economy is now, apparently, hitting not just those in the working world, but students too.
NCC News reporter Courtney Petrouski went to the job fair and caught up with some of the students.