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Barry Tech salutes industry partners

Josheph Saladino surrounded by Nassau BOCES administrators and culinary students
Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Culinary classes prepared and served a delicious brunch for industry partners and well-known alumnus, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, Joseph Saladino, (center).

Students and educators at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech recently honored more than 100 business leaders at the annual Industry Advisory Recognition Brunch. The event is an opportunity for Nassau BOCES Board members, administrators, faculty and staff to thank these invaluable mentors for their ongoing guidance and support.

Nassau BOCES Career and Technical Education schools’ (Barry Tech, GC Tech and Long Island High School for the Arts) partner with more than 800 Long Island businesses, giving students the significant advantage of career-field experience under the supervision of industry specialists who help them to develop the skills necessary to compete in the workplace. In addition to providing real-world work experience, industry partners regularly visit classrooms to offer their expertise and invite students to tour their facilities and learn about their respective businesses.

“Our industry partners are crucial to the success of our students,” says Work Experience Teacher Coordinator Randi O’Moore. “They share their experiences in the field, inform our students’ education with their expertise and help them to hone their skills. They give our students a real-life look at their chosen career fields.”

At the brunch, industry partners are celebrated and awarded with plaques and certificates and given a red carpet welcome by student ambassadors. But the day’s most important proceeding is when the partners meet with faculty members and the guidance department to inform the curriculum. The business leaders offer their input on new curriculum to ensure it is up-to-date with industry standards.