11th Jun2012

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 valarie@contrinotravel.com.