On Monday, January 30, the Joint Industry Board and Local 3 teamed up to talk about the electrical industry with young students at Wagner College on Staten Island. Staten Island Electrical Club members Robert Holst and Ronnie Wuerch, along with Educational & Cultural Trust Fund Associate Director Erland Castillo and Assistant Apprenticeship Director George White Jr., met and spoke to over 430 students about the benefits of a career as a union electrician in New York City.
Community Expo 23 was sponsored by District 31 of the NYC Department of Education and Wagner College for students currently attending middle school. It is a college and career experience for students to connect high school programs, wellness partners, and college and career pathways to ensure that after high school students will be enrolled, employed, or enlisted. This year’s expo included a tour of Wagner College, a workshop on succeeding in school and in a career, and a tabling section that allowed students to meet with representatives from the career and technical education (CTE) programs on Staten Island, Wagner College staff and faculty, business leaders from Staten Island, and wellness partners from community-based organizations.
Louis Bruschi, the Principal Lead for Strategic Partnerships for DOE District 31, said, “It was important to us to make sure the kids could see the men and women responsible for building this city and the union that represents them.”
Report and photo submitted by Staten Island Electrical Club member Rob Holst.