Above: Buffalo Bills Videographer Jim Zinkowski presents to a classroom (photo: Beth Maldonado)
OCT.7, 2022- The future was the focus for students at the Pal-Mac Middle School on Thursday, as students took part in several career-centric events throughout the day.
First, sixth-grade students started the day by attending presentations led by teachers and community members who work in several career fields. This includes Buffalo Bills Videographer Jim Zinkowski, Blazey Equipment's Chris Caffryn, and Morrell Builder's Coleston Schiek, among several others.
PHOTO GALLERY: Career Day
Seventh-grade students had the chance to visit the Wayne Technical and Career Center in Williamson to see programs they might be interested in when they reach high school. The center offers programs ranging from Auto Body Repair to Culinary Arts and Conservation, among others.
Sixth and seventh graders were also treated to a presentation by award-winning singer/songwriter Kevin McCarthy. One of Kevin’s accomplishments was writing a song for the Buffalo Bills in 2020. He performed for students in the High School Performing Arts Center in the afternoon.
Eighth-grade students also took a few interactive field trips around the area. Groups stopped by the Wayne County Career Carnival on the Wayne County Fairgrounds, and visited several local colleges and universities.
The carnival featured hands-on activities and demonstrations by professionals from local businesses and higher education institutions.
Students tour the SUNY Brockport campus
Colleges visited included: St. John Fisher, SUNY Brockport, Monroe Community College (MCC), Roberts Wesleyan, Nazareth, Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC), and Keuka College.
Middle School Principal Darcy Smith said:
"We were so happy to open our doors to community guests as well as to send students on college and career related trips again this school year, as we had for so many years prior to the past two. The middle school was buzzing with excitement and positive energy. There were so many amazing experiences for students and connections made throughout the day."
Thank you to all of our presenters, and to everyone who made this day possible.
Paige Herr, Physician Assistant, speaks to students (photo: Beth Maldonado)