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New York State and Nassau BOCES join forces to launch careers for Long Island students

New York State Department of Labor will join Nassau BOCES in helping its students find successful, rewarding careers

In a landmark event to be held next month, the New York State Department of Labor will join Nassau BOCES in helping its students find successful, rewarding careers. On November 19, 2019, Barry Tech — Long Island’s premier career and technical education high school — will hold its first targeted Job Fair.

Representatives from the culinary arts, hospitality and healthcare industries will be on hand to meet with students pursuing careers in those specific fields. Teen chefs in training, high school hoteliers and young healthcare students will explore hundreds of job opportunities and learn about what careers are available to them when their studies are complete.

The fair is part of “My Passion, My Career,” a major career and technical education initiative  launched by the agency last summer. At a time when Long Islanders are struggling to find work, the need for skilled workers in a variety of industries is on the rise. The prospective industry outlook for 2026 shows an increase in job openings, yet a lack of qualified personnel to fill those positions.

“The job fair could not come at a more appropriate time,” said Dr. Robert Dillon, Nassau BOCES District Superintendent. “Long Island youth are more underemployed than ever before, with mountains of college debt, yet there are hundreds of opportunities out there for those who have the right training. Events like this are part of our mission to help our students find long-term careers in fields they are passionate about.”

“We are so excited to provide the next generation of workers a pathway to exciting careers with businesses in their own communities,” said New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “I especially want to acknowledge Dr. Dillon and the leadership team at Nassau BOCES for their commitment to growing a successful partnership with New York State and bringing to life Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision to have the best prepared and most educated workforce in the nation.”

“The demand for trade workers is growing, with an ever-expanding number of jobs waiting to be filled locally,” said Dr. Carla Theodorou, Executive Director, Nassau BOCES Department of Regional Schools and Instructional Programs. “Nassau BOCES programs offer an ideal solution to the immediate need for more occupational based workers in the form of our qualified graduates.”

The Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 19 from 12-2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. at the Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center, 1196 Prospect Avenue, Westbury, NY. For more information, call the New York State Department of Labor at (518) 549-0495 or visit them online at