• Area students had an opportunity to network with local business and industry leaders to learn more about their career interests at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES School and Business Alliance’s 19th annual breakfast on Dec. 6.

    More than 200 members of the business community and students from OHM BOCES, Clinton, Holland Patent, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Utica, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro attended the event. Students had an opportunity to network with representatives from 35 different career sectors during the breakfast prepared by the Culinary Arts students of the Career and Technical Education Center.

    The program featured master of ceremonies Tim Thomas, AVP for Learning and Academic Affairs at Mohawk Valley Community College. The guest speaker was Alicia Dicks, President and CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties.

    Local business and industry partners were honored during the breakfast. Those included: Di Highway Sign & Structure Corp., which received the Made a Difference Company Award, and Ken Andela, civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, who received the Made a Difference Individual Award. The Shining Star Award for a company was awarded to Marcy Veterinary Clinic and the Shining Star Award for an individual was awarded to A.O. of Audioptix.

    “The School and Business Alliance partnerships with CNY business, labor, community agencies, school districts and regional colleges enlighten students to 21st Century professional skills, emerging workforce needs and civic responsibilities,” said Susan B. Carlson, director of the School and Business Alliance. “These partnerships are designed to provide K-12 career development experiences that will empower students to successfully transition into post-secondary studies and career pathways.”