Tired of Educating Bright Talent and Losing them to Other Parts of the Country, WCA's Blueprint and the Higher Ed and Business Communities Partner on First Ever Collaborative Career Fair
When the Blueprint for Westchester brought together the presidents of 14 institutions of higher learning in the Westchester region last spring to sign a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), one of the important...
...outcomes was Recruit Westchester, the first-ever collaborative job and internship fair in Westchester County. The object of the fair was to bring together businesses and students at a single event, making it easier and more cost-effective for employers to find employees and students to find jobs.
“In a competitive marketplace, The Blueprint is facilitating job creation,” notes Marissa Brett, executive director, The Blueprint for Westchester, a national initiative of the Westchester County Association to spur economic development in Westchester. “Among Westchester County’s biggest assets are its highly educated workforce, over a dozen colleges and universities, a vibrant business community, and a growing economy,” she continued. “Our job is to bring together Westchester’s rich intellectual capital with its many established and entrepreneurial enterprises.”
The ribbon-cutting for Recruit Westchester will be held on Friday, October 26, at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown. Elected officials, college presidents, employers, students, and other invited guests will attend the event and fair, which is expected to attract over 1000 people. The fair will continue until 6 p.m. (See schedule below.)
Recruit Westchester is sponsored by Westchester County Association, The Blueprint for Westchester, The Journal News and Career Builders.
Participating colleges and universities are: Berkeley College, College of New Rochelle, College of Westchester, Fordham University (Westchester), Iona College, Manhattanville College, Mercy College, Monroe College, Pace University, Purchase College SUNY, Sarah Lawrence College, Saint Thomas Aquinas College, The College of Westchester, and Westchester Community College.
The Blueprint’s MOU was the vehicle for institutions of higher learning to participate in the Blueprint for Westchester. “Economic revitalization will be enhanced and stimulated by the benefits the higher education community can bring to the table,” said Dr. Kimberbly R. Cline, president of Mercy College and chair of the WCA’s Higher Education Committee.
Besides being a $1.2 billion economic engine in Westchester, the higher education community provides the human resources and entrepreneurial systems within their institutions to advance economic development.
Besides Recruit Westchester, the 14 colleges and universities that signed the MOU will create Study Westchester, an online searchable database of all academic programs offered in the county. They also will serve as a feeder network for entrepreneurs and for research for new businesses through the Blueprint Accelerator Network; and offer work-based learning and mentoring opportunities for students in established and emerging businesses. “They grow, train, and attract the finest talent,” said Brett, who pointed out that the collaboration not only benefits economic development in Westchester, it benefits the higher education community as well. “We believe that education itself blossoms when it is immersed in an environment of innovation, growth, and productivity.”