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Alumni Offer Career Advice at Ames

Professionals from a multitude of fields imparted some words of wisdom on the next generation of the workforce at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus on April 29. This year’s Alumni Career Day featured approximately 30 guest speakers who are also graduates of the Massapequa School District.

Ninth graders learned about careers in communications, education, entertainment, finance, health care, hospitality, law enforcement, politics, real estate, sales, technology and more. Jobs ranged from lawyer and nurse to American Sign Language interpreter and experimental event producer. Students got to hear from several alumni who started their own businesses.

The Massapequa High School and Berner High School alumni graduated as far back as 1967 and as recently as 2016. They discussed their career paths, job expectations and education requirements before taking student questions.

This year’s career day, the first in-person event since 2019, featured panel discussions. Students attended two panels, each with four or five presenters, so they could learn about a variety of careers.

Principal Tania Willman said as students begin high school, they can take advantage of an array of academic and extracurricular offerings. Hearing about different careers as freshmen, she explained, allows them to identify possible interests and make decisions about the opportunities they want to pursue in high school.

Ms. Willman said that Alumni Career Day is a team effort, spearheaded by a committee of administrators, teachers and guidance counselors. Coordinators include Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Patricia LiVecchi, School-to-Career Coordinator Denise DeLury and business education teacher Christine Poggioli.

“We could not accomplish this without the support of everyone involved,” Ms. Willman said, “most importantly, our alumni who volunteer their time to connect with our students.”