08th Aug2012

Valarie Contrino and SI Career Coaches featured in SI Advance

Staten Island Coaches offer lessons in how to get a job


ST. GEORGE — A community-based program that helps prepare McKee High School students for the job market is the focus of a film being screened to encourage business partnerships with the public schools.

The Staten Island Career Coaches (SICC) program is featured in the film “Imagine What We Can Do” prepared by PENCIL, the Manhattan-based non-profit that fosters private-sector pairing with the city’s public schools. The non-profit is perhaps best-known for its annual “Principal for a Day” program.

The film premiered earlier this summer before some 700 guests at a PENCIL gala at the American Museum of Natural History. Viewers are introduced to SICC member Valarie Contrino and Principal Sharon Henry, and the work they are doing to prepare students for their first jobs. McKee is one of three schools featured in the film.

Through the Career Coaches program, which completed its third year at McKee, volunteers from Staten Island businesses come to the school to mentor students, offering them practical tips on writing resumes, conducting themselves during a job interview, and other business skills. Students who have participated have successfully landed internships and part-time jobs.

“Being featured in this film was a big honor for McKee and Career Coaches,” said Ms. Contrino, president of Contrino Travel, Inc., New Springville. A greater honor, however, is seeing McKee students come out of the program and land jobs and internships, she said…

See the full article in the Staten Island Advance