Valarie Contrino and SI Career Coaches featured in SI Advance

Staten Island Career Coaches aid McKee High School students

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – ST. GEORGE – The Staten Island Career Coaches (SICC) have returned to McKee High School for a fourth consecutive year, to help students prepare a successful resume and ace a job interview.

The SICC is comprised of successful local business owners and professionals who volunteer to work with McKee upperclassmen on resume writing and developing job interview skills. During the three-week program, coaches mentor juniors and seniors; they identify their skills and strengths and develop strategies to market themselves to potential employers.

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SI Career Coaches and Valarie Contrino featured in SI Business Trends

Staten Island Career Coaches and Valarie were featured on page 17 in Staten Island Busines Trends.
Staten Island Career Coaches featured in PENCIL film
After three years coaching the students of McKee Career Tech-nical Educational High School in preparation for entrance to theworkforce, the Staten Island Ca-reer Coaches were featured in afilm by PENCIL, a New York-based non-profit organization that honors business experts and school leaders who have demon-strated their commitment to pub-lic schools. The SICC work with McKee upperclassmen on re-sume building and developing job interview skills. During  three-week program, the coachesmentor McKee’s juniors and sen-iors in identifying strengths and developing strategies to best com-municate their assets to potential employers. More than 16 SICC program participants received job place-ment through Workforce1, a serv-ice provided by the NYC Depart-ment of Small Business Services.Twenty students are currently participating in the Pencil Fel-lows internship program. In addi-tion, the school’s cosmetology stu-dents are now volunteering at New Vanderbilt Rehab, visiting residents bi-weekly through a connection made by one of the ca-reer coaches.Any professional interested in volunteering with the Career Coaches or providing internship, job shadowing or job opportuni-ties for students should contactValarie Contrino via e-mail at

Contrino Travel Featured in SI Business Trends

Contrino Travel was featured in the June Issue Staten Island Business Trends.

Contrino Travel Inc.

Valarie Contrino of Contrino Travel Inc. based in Staten Island, has become a part of The Affluent Traveler Collection, an elite group of travel advisors who comprise one of the most knowledgeable networks of luxury travel specialists in the world today.Because they belong to The Affluent Traveler Collection, agents at Contrino Travel Inc. share The Affluent Traveler magazine with their clients. At more than 220pages, this semi-annual, coffee-table quality magazine features lavish photos and engaging articles that inspire readers to day-dream of spectacular adventures around the globe. Any of the travel experiences detailed in the magazine can be booked through Contrino Travel Inc.Contrino Travel Inc. was established in February 2005. Valarie Contrino is presently Adjunct Professor at the College of Staten Island teaching students How To Start A Home-Based Travel Agency, as well as other related travel course.

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Valarie honored in PENCIL film for works with HS Students

Check out the PENCIL video featuring SI Career Coach, Valarie Contrino and HS Principal, Sharon Henry