River Dell Students Get First-Hand Career Insight

Clear day and clear view of the project site/NNYB Outreach

Clear day and clear view of the project site/NNYB Outreach

Two chilly weeks ago juniors and seniors from River Dell High School visited the Tarrytown viewing area and learned about the various co-op and career choices — from compliance to finance, architecture to engineering — available with the bridge project.

Students met landscape architect Rebecca Nolan, Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy, Diversity Compliance Manager Tracey Mitchell, environmental engineer Chris Coccaro, materials engineer Brian Cresenzi, and construction manager Will Torres, PE. Teacher who attended were pleased that professionals from varied careers offered their time and insight.

Applying his finance background to educational outreach: Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy/NNYB Outreach

Applying his finance background to educational outreach: Community Relations Specialist Dan Marcy/NNYB Outreach

“They took a lot from the presentations and were interested in knowing about the different jobs and what they involve,” principal Lorraine Brooks said. “These kids will continue their education beyond high school — some pursuing trades — and it’s helpful for them to see specifics and get real-world knowledge” about the responsibilities associated with jobs that interest them.

More project engineers were at this presentation, Brooks said, and “teachers reported back they, too, learned a lot.”

What impressed Brooks most was the Outreach Team’s effort to go out of its way — during this visit and last December — to ensure students understood the presentations and that communications matched students’ comprehension levels. “They listened to us and made the kids feel special. It was important to the speakers that we understood them,” she said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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