Picente: Summer Youth Employment Program Plans Work Readiness Day at MVCC on July 6th

The event will be held on Tuesday, July 6th at the Utica campus of Mohawk Valley Community College. Activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run through 2 p.m., Picente said.
“The funding environment this year has been very challenging and forced us to make our program shorter than in past years, but we are still strongly committed to giving our youth the experience that comes from work and the pride that comes form getting that first paycheck,” said Picente. “To help young people make the most of this work experience, we are offering a day to help them prepare for work, prepare for careers, and focus on the future.”
Work Readiness Day will begin with a short program in the college theater featuring state and local officials, including Picente, MVCC President Randall Van Waggoner, and State Senator Joseph A. Griffo. Morris Pearson, who is the Director of Judicial Affairs in MVCC’s Student Services Department, former Executive Director of the Cosmopolitan Center and a long-time leader in Utica’s minority community will be the motivational speaker to help youth get their summer started on the right foot. After the initial session, MVCC will provide youth with information about careers, financial aid, campus tours and work readiness preparation.
“MVCC has been preparing the workforce of our region for more than 60 years,” said Picente. “Work Readiness Day expands this long-time partnership to help our young people look at the college as a stepping-stone to the future.”
 “This summer opens the door for youth to learn what work is all about, to learn some lessons about what employers will want, to learn what types of skills youth will need to achieve success, and to use this summer as a first step on the ladder of success,” Picente said. “Work Readiness Day helps out youth as they begin their summer and also helps them look beyond summer and beyond high school to the careers they can have.”