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Nassau BOCES automotive students meet with industry experts

 Destination Success  
A panel of 15 automotive industry experts addresses an attentive audience of Barry Tech students during Nassau BOCES’ “Automotive Destination Success” forum.


Fifteen respected industry leaders from a variety of professional fields from across Long Island convened at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech recently to hold a panel discussion and answer student questions. Approximately 100 students from Barry Tech’s automotive programs attended “Automotive Destination Success,” an open forum where students learned from the experts.

The panel consisted of a spectrum of industry experts, from executive directors and managers to technicians, who spoke on a variety of topics, such as how to get and keep a job in the industry, what employment opportunities are currently available and how to move up in the field of your choice. Panelists offered strategies for maintaining employment and tips on proper professional conduct.

After the panel discussion, the floor was opened for an extensive Q&A session, during which students asked pertinent, insightful questions. Following the event, the experts met with the students to learn a little more about them individually.

Presiding on the panel were: Operating Supervisor Ken Flanagan from conEdison; Executive Director of Production Nick D’Andrea and Mike Connors of The New York Times; Manager of Fleet Operations and Assets Tom Stagnitta, Fleet Services Supervisor Ed Baumann and Automotive Technician Al Moneta from the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG); Fleet Supervisor Neil Werner from Verizon; Fleet Manager Ed Planas and Human Resources Representative Burnham Stowe from United Parcel Service (UPS); Fleet Supervisor Michael Natoli from National Grid; Executive Director Michael Watt and Jim Giambrone from the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association (LIGRA); and Angiolino Giglio and Managed Repair Supervisor Scott Lande from Progressive Insurance.

“Barry Tech has a long-standing relationship with numerous Long Island business leaders,” said Barry Tech Work Experience Teacher Coordinator Randi O’Moore. “Throughout the year, we work hand-in-hand with our industry partners, who help us to train our students and enhance our curriculum. Our students intern and work alongside master technicians on site at the businesses, and we regularly receive calls for recommendations for new hires because of our distinguished reputation.”