Binghamton Chamber helps connect business with education

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is shedding light on ways businesses can share their insight in the classroom.

The Chamber held a Connecting Business with Education series Tuesday at the Binghamton University downtown center.

Chamber businesses learned about ways to integrate their knowledge into local schools.

Programs include P-TECH, Promise Zone, Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge, Junior Achievement, and New Visions.

Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Conway says these opportunities help students discover what interests them before going to college.

"As we give students that experience in the K through 12 classroom, they're able to understand what they want to do. Many of them are actually earning college credits in high school," said Conway.

Kevin Blake is the President at ICS, a local technology infrastructure provider.

Blake is also the Vice President of GBEOP, or the Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program.

He says getting hands-on experience allows students to ensure they're making the right career choice.

"Someone tells them they should do a certain job. They train for it and do their whole education for it, then five years into it, they realize that it's not what they love. The worst thing you can do is have a job you don't love."

Businesses provide insight on topics like hiring, HR, marketing, and brand development.

Companies will also send representatives to local schools to act as mentors.


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