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LPN job fair creates opportunities for adult students, employers
May 27, 2015


LPN job fair
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult education students in the licensed practical nursing program speak with Nelson Wood, associate director of education at Sitrin, during the Herkimer BOCES LPN job fair on April 29. Pictured from left to right with Wood: LPN students Lisa Miller, Steve Williams, Mary Kohler and Lora Santiago.



ILION – Nelson Wood, associate director of education at Sitrin, said the recent Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES licensed practical nursing job fair for adult education students is a great place to find new employees.

“Frankly, when you get them right out of school, everyone is fresh and energetic and eager, and they don’t have any bad habits yet,” Wood said.

Once Sitrin hires people, the organization likes to keep them, he said. The job fair also is beneficial because graduates of the program have been taught the right way, he said.

“I think it’s important for them to know how many opportunities are out there for LPN students,” he said. “Everybody wants to hire you, and you get to pick and choose where to go.”

The annual Herkimer BOCES LPN job fair took place on April 29 at the Remington Educational Complex in Ilion. Representatives from colleges and healthcare facilities across the region attended along with Herkimer BOCES adult education students in the full-time, part-time evening and part-time day LPN programs.
Jeanne Tracy, director of nursing for the St. Luke’s Home, said graduate hires are desired, and they continue clinical training afterward.

“It’s great to have them new and energetic and eager,” she said.

The job fair helps in the process of both employers and employees finding the right fit, Tracy said.

“It’s great that they have one place where they can meet people from all the local facilities,” she said.

Full-time LPN student Tonya Roser said “it’s definitely helpful” having so many organizations at the job fair, and full-time student Kelly Lane said she hoped the fair would lead to a job for her.

Lisa Miller, a part-time evening student, said she came into the job fair with very little knowledge of where to start looking for jobs. She said she was enjoying the fair and hoped to find a job through it.

“I have a couple other things in mind, but this here is really opening up my mind to other options,” she said.
Steve Williams, a part-time evening student, also said he was looking for a job – particularly a local one because he lives in Ilion and works in Albany.

“It would give me more family time; less time on the road,” he said.




LPN job fair
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES full-time licensed practical nursing students Kelly Lane (left) and Tonya Roser (middle) speak with Colleen Thomas (right), director of human resources at the St. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, during the Herkimer BOCES LPN job fair on April 29 at the Pathways Academy at Remington in Ilion.







 
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