Schools: Christmas With Seniors; Career Connections


Student government and leadership students from Walt Whitman High School joined residents of the neighboring Sunrise of Huntington to celebrate Christmas.

Leadership students have been making personalized Christmas ornaments for the residents of the center, and delivered them on Monday. They also shared  some hot chocolate, helped put the ornaments on the tree and sang holiday songs.

Career Connections

The Harborfields High School business department recently hosted the school’s first Career Connect, Trade and Talent Expo.

Students enrolled in career awareness courses interacted with professionals from diverse industries who showcased various careers from 16 career clusters.

State Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner Chris White addressed the group, followed by a panel discussion on apprenticeships, with panelists discussing their career paths and which soft skills they deemed most important in their industry.

Students transitioned to the gym to visit over 40 representatives offering insights into different careers and trades. Some of the guests included colleges, trade schools, law enforcement, military, financial planners, and
medical, education and STEM employers. The students also the opportunity to experience different careers through the use of VR headsets provided by the Department of Labor.

“The Career Connect, Trade and Talent Expo was a resounding success,
encapsulating the spirit of exploration and discovery,” Principal Dr. Marie Netto said. “The expo provided a platform for our students to interact with representatives from various industries, colleges and trade schools, offering them a glimpse into potential career pathways. The immersive experiences, coupled with engaging discussions, encapsulate the essence of education at Harborfields High School and empowered our students to envision
their futures and start to consider their career trajectories.”

State Sen. Mario Mattera, Suffolk Legislator Stephanie Bontempi speak with student. Harborfields photo

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand encouraged Suffolk Community College students students Monday to  apply to the Cyber Service Academy scholarship program, which grants students free college in return for public service in the Department of Defense. Gillibrand created the Cyber Service Academy scholarship program in 2022 through  the Senate Armed Services Committee and this year added a path for students to work in the intelligence community

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