ShopRite turns to Career Tech students to fill jobs

Students see the value in the skills and experience they can gain 

 student completes application at job fairMore than 50 Southern Westchester BOCES Career Services students had the opportunity to take part in a ShopRite job fair right on campus Friday, Jan. 20. 

The event let students from all programs attend across two sessions, to present resumes to hiring managers, and to discover job opportunities at one of several ShopRite locations in the region. That includes a brand new, 70,000-square-foot store openingn soon in Elmsford. 

Laurel Lowenthal, an EMS student from Blind Brook, was among those who took part. The chance to work at one of the local stores interests her, and she views it as an opportunity to gain skills that will serve her well in any future career.

“I think it would be helpful to have customer service experience and to work with people,” Laurel said, “and also to have some spending money.”

students are interviewed by Shoprite staffPrincipal Evangelo Michas said events like this provide students with experience interviewing with HR staff as well as opportunities to work in a number of different areas. A growing partnership with ShopRite could in the future include internship opportunities for students enrolled in the campus’s Introduction to CTE program.

Francesca Nikolla, a Security, Law & Policing student from Pleasantville, is considering a number of career options, including law enforcement. The people skills she can gain from a supermarket job would prove valuable in such lines of work, she said. 

“I think it’s really helpful to have this,” she said, “especially for me because I was already thinking of applying to ShopRite.”