Networking breakfast at BOCES celebrates student achievement

NEW HARTFORD — Area students and local business leaders will come together to celebrate student achievement at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES School and Business Alliance’s 11th annual breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The program will be held in the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Learning Center on Middle Settlement Road.

Approximately 225 members of the business community and students from Brookfield, Clinton, Holland Patent, New Hartford, New York Mills, Oriskany, Remsen, Utica, Waterville, Westmoreland and Whitesboro will attend the event. Students will have an opportunity to network with representatives from 45 businesses during the breakfast.

The program features master of ceremonies, David M. Wheeler, a 2009 Westmoreland Central School graduate, a communications student at Herkimer County Community College and promotions director for Townsquare Media in Utica. The guest speaker is Matthew Gilligan, a 2011 Whitesboro graduate.

Masonic Medical Research Laboratory will receive the "Made a Difference Award" in the company category and Rosemary Morin, director emeritus for the School of Radiography at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, will receive the "Made a Difference Award" for an individual. The Shining Star Award will go to A & P Master Images in Yorkville.

"Since 1991, Oneida County school districts and businesses have partnered to provide well-executed strategies to assist students in understanding the world of work, decide on a career and the appropriate post-secondary studies," said Susan Carlson, director of the School and Business Alliance. "Today, this is the only comprehensive School and Business Alliance remaining in New York state."

In 2001, the annual networking breakfast was developed as a career development strategy.