Picente Honors Black River Systems For Supporting Oneida County College Interns

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. today praised Black River Systems of Utica for its efforts to support the Oneida County College Student Corps and help grow the high tech workforce of the future. 

            “There are some great careers and great employers in Oneida County,” Picente said. “Through summer internships, employers have the opportunity to not only get a preview of highly talented young people who will be graduating from college soon, but they also have the chance to be part of the long-range economic development of our region by showing the workforce of the future they types of great jobs that exist here.”
            The Oneida County College Student Corps, which was created in 1998 by the Oneida County Board of Legislators, provides 200-hour summer internships for Oneida County-based students. Under the program, operated by the Oneida County Office of Workforce Development, employers and the county each pay half the cost of an intern – making the program an ideal public-private partnership that helps local college students gain a fuller understanding of local opportunities in their chosen field of study. This year, about 125 students are working as interns under the coordination of Project Coordinator Theo Wilson.
            “At Black River Systems Company, our student internship program serves two purposes:  one, it introduces the student to Black River Systems Company and  Black River Systems Company to the student and two, it supports our internal research and development goals,” said Jeff Brandstadt, President.  “The Oneida County College Student Corps allows us to expand our summer program which benefits both the company and the local community.   We appreciate this opportunity to work with the county to help develop new talent in this region.”
            “Every time an employer invests the time, money and effort that it takes to give an intern a really good internship, that is an investment in the future of our region,” Picente said. “Black River Systems invests its time, effort and talented staff people in a way that goes above and beyond. In an economy as uncertain as ours is today, it says volumes about a company and its commitment to our area that they are working with our program to support four interns this summer.”
           “Internships help our young people get a look at the opportunities we have in our region, develop their skills, and make valuable community connections,” Legislator Stephen Roefaro said. “I became aware that the requests we were receiving for our College Corps program were on the increase, and I advocated for funding in this very tight budget so that we can help provide internships for our outstanding young people. I want to thank Board of Legislators Chairman Gerald Fiorini, who was one of the creators of the College Corps when it began in 1998, and County Executive Picente for their support of my initiative.”
            Intern David Cappelli from Remsen, who will be a junior in the fall at Clarkson University majoring in Electrical Engineering, said that the summer internship opportunity has been an outstanding experience.  “At school you wonder, ‘When am I ever going to use this stuff?’  Black River has shown me the answer to that as well as guided me in being able to apply that knowledge from school to the challenging problems given here.  Everyone here is willing to help me learn and happy to provide practical advice along the way.  I thank Black River for providing this opportunity.”
            Intern Kevin Burr of Oriskany, who will be a junior in the fall at SUNY Institute of Technology majoring in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, said that this internship has offered me the opportunity to work with great mentors in the engineering field.  “This great learning experience has helped me grow both academically and as an individual.  I greatly appreciate the experience Black River Systems and its employees have given us and would like to thank them for all their help.”
            “Internships are one of the most important ways that we can re-connect young people with the community as they transition from being students to starting careers,” Picente said. “Interns see the community and the economy in a new light, and understand how careers can be built here that still provide access to all the good things in life while also providing rewarding professional challenges and opportunities.”
            Picente presented Black River Systems with a proclamation for their support of the College Corps. The proclamation read, in part, “Black River Systems has shown itself to be a leader in the high-growth technology field and an outstanding leader and partner in Oneida County’s efforts to create a brighter and better future by virtue of the company’s outstanding efforts to use internships as the gateway to attracting the workforce of the future.”
            Black River Systems is an employee-owned company based in Utica that specializes in advanced engineering development. Established in 1996 and incorporated in January 1997, Black River Systems strives to develop a collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship with each customer. We accomplish this by focusing on integrity, gaining trust and maintaining technical expertise within the following business areas: Advanced Computing; Multi-sensor Fusion & Exploitation; Advanced Radar Technology; Software Development; Advanced Tracking; Multi-Sensor Resource Allocation; Performance Prediction Modeling & Analysis and Signal & Image Processing.