Brewing Career Opportunities

OCC student James Dowd (left) and Anything But Beer Strategist and Brew Master Logan Bonney (right) at a recent event.

James Dowd had a passion for marketing, but the sophomore Business Administration major wasn’t sure what aspect of it he wanted to pursue for a career. That changed one day while he was working at the Career Services Office in Coulter Hall. Dowd saw a posting for an internship at the College’s START-UP NY company partner, Anything But Beer which makes carbonated alcoholic beverages using fruits and vegetables instead of hops and barley. The company is owned and operated by OCC Alumni Logan Bonney and Brittany Berry.

Dowd applied, interviewed and was brought in for the spring semester. “It’s been the best decision I’ve ever made,” Dowd said. “Working with Anything But Beer showed me the ins and outs of how to run a company and how that translates to what I want to do.” Berry, the companies Chief Marketing Officer says the fact the business is a START-UP provides a great opportunity for students like Dowd. “James’ internship is slightly different than working for a larger firm because our needs are greater. Everyone must contribute everywhere, so we customized his work exposure to maximize his experience in order to help him find his passion and prepare him for what he wants to do next.”

James Dowd will graduate OCC in May, and plans to transfer to a four-year school.

Dowd couldn’t agree more with the assessment. The internship has provided him with a better understanding of which parts of the marketing field excite him the most. His duties have included event preparation, data analysis and organizational detail. Soon he will be exposed to promotional work that complements his event planning and be able to setup and help operate some upcoming events as well. Moreover, by the time he completes his internship he will have provided the company with an invaluable product report detailing what their consumers and business partners believe the company is doing well and where they need to improve.

The partnership between Anything But Beer and OCC provides the company with a steady pipeline of qualified students looking to gain experience outside the classroom and has been a welcome perk for them. “Working with Career Services has been great because we are able to pick from a group of great students, so when we fill a position, we know the person coming in is going to work hard and take advantage of this opportunity,” Berry said. The company is a Veteran Owned Business and recently took part in the annual Career Fair at OCC and was particularly excited to see the amount of interest, especially from the Colleges’ veteran community.

Quality interns are more important than ever to this growing company who is experiencing dramatic year-to-year growth in sales. Anything But Beer can now be found in 75 locations over a 10-county area across New York State. This drastic change in demand has also shifted their work from made-to-order to maintaining 25 barrels of product which is ready to go at all times. Bonney and Berry have also brought on two full-time employees and are excited to see where the rest of 2019 takes them.

Students interested in employment, internships and volunteering opportunities can learn more by contacting Career Services at (315) 498-2585 or careerservices@sunyocc.edu. The office is located in Coulter Hall in room C110.

Student Speaking with Enrollment Associate at Student Central

Deadline to Register for Spring 2019 Semester Approaching

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The deadline to register for Spring 2019 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

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If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Spring 2019 classes!

Jobs For Students

The Career Services Office is presenting a Part-Time Job Fair for students Thursday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Room of the Gordon Student Center. The Career Services staff is (left to right) Matt Horan, Audrey Dreier-Morrison, Abbey Baird, Michele Carey, Amy Stewart and Kim Siriano.

If you are a student looking for a job which will work with your class schedule, the Part-Time Job Fair is for you! The job fair will be held Thursday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Room of the Gordon Student Center. More than 30 employers will be present, giving students the opportunity to apply for part-time jobs both on and off campus. Students should dress professionally and bring a resume if they have one.

The Part-Time Job Fair is presented by OCC’s Career Services office which provides students with a variety of employment related services year round including resume and cover letter review, job searching and interview preparation, career exploration, job shadowing and internship opportunities. Students interested in attending the Part-Time Job Fair can access a list of participating employers through Purple Briefcase, OCC’s online career portal and job board. Employment opportunities are regularly posted on Purple Briefcase throughout the year as well.

The Career Services Offices is located in Coulter Hall, room C110. If you enter Coulter through the main entrance, the Career Center is on your immediate right. You can contact the Career Services office by email at careerservices@sunyocc.edu or by phone at (315) 498-2585.

You can learn more about the Part-Time Job Fair and all of the services the Career Center offers by listening to our podcast, Higher Ed News You Can Use from Onondaga Community College. Our guest is Abbey Baird, Director of the Career Services office. Enjoy the podcast!

Deadline to Register for Fall 2018 Semester Approaching

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The deadline to register for Fall 2018 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

Register for classes at OCC today!

If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Fall 2018 classes!

Karri Bellamy

  • Major: Business with an Honors Minor
  • High School: Scotia-Glenville, class of 2016

OCC’s Career Services Center has played a significant role in Karri Bellamy’s growth and success.

Bellamy is a competitive horseback rider who graduated from high school in January of 2016. She planned to spend that spring training in Florida and was en route to the North American Junior Young Rider Championship in late July. Plans changed when her beloved horse “Noodle” was injured.

Bellamy intended to enroll in an equestrian college in New Jersey that fall but made a late decision to attend OCC in time for the fall semester. “I knew there was a great Career Services center here. I wanted to come here so I could get help eventually going someplace else.”

During her first semester while taking a Marketing class with Professor Kristen Costello, Bellamy was part of a group of students assigned to design a Marketing plan for Career Services. “We presented our Marketing Plan to Professor Costello and the employees at Career Services. From there, I was hired to work for them. Working there has been an incredible experience.”

Bellamy is utilizing OCC’s Small Business Development Center to start her own marketing business doing public relations for horseback riders. “I saw the importance of having a strong relationship between the sponsors and riders. There was a window of demand in the market and what started out as something small grew into something much larger.”

Besides starting her own business and working for Career Services, Bellamy is a member of honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She also works at the Marcellus Equestrian Center where her horse continues to recover.

Bellamy has also become a member of OCC’s Women’s Lacrosse team. Although she never played in high school, members of OCC’s team convinced her to try out because of her outstanding physical conditioning. She picked up the sport last fall and loved it. “I figured, ‘what do I have to lose? I’m here to do it all. I don’t want to just get a degree. I’ll never get this opportunity again.’”

After she earns her degree in May, Bellamy plans to study abroad and compete internationally in equestrianism. She wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing and a minor in Communications. “Coming here really opened my eyes to the business aspect of equestrian. I want to bring that into riding so I’m not just riding for an income.”

Bellamy is grateful for the opportunities she received here and the career path her OCC experience has put her on. “I never expected to be doing what I’m doing right now. It’s incredible how just through networking and talking to people that something can take off. Everything here is really what you make of it.”

Mentoring Student’s Careers

OCC student Dunya Shaalan (right) meets with Nicolette Havrish (left) of Beardsley Architects + Engineers as part of the Career Services Mentoring program.

They sounded like old friends who worked in the same industry and loved to compare notes. “We’re designing a kitchen. It needs a lot of storage, a TV, different lighting and flooring but she wants to keep the doors and windows. She wants a seating area, a built-in microwave, built-in oven, built-in stove and she wants it to feel larger,” said Dunya Shaalan. “One of my first projects was a kitchen project. They’re a challenge. There’s small spaces and people want everything in them, including the kitchen sink,” said Nicolette Havrish.

Shaalan and Havrish aren’t old friends yet, but they seem to be on their way to a lasting professional relationship. Shaalan is a student at OCC majoring in Interior Design. Havrish works at Beardsley Architects + Engineers. They were brought together as part of the College’s new Career Services Mentoring Program. “Our focus has been on career exploration, professionalism, networking and other related things,” said Amy Stewart, Career Placement Specialist at OCC.

Stewart started building the program in the fall semester. Students worked with the Career Services office on their resumes and submitted applications to be part of the Career Mentoring program. The resumes and applications were sent to potential mentees and pairs were formed based on common interests. In the spring semester the mentors and mentees met each other and began forming their relationships. “We called, we emailed, we met,” said Shaalan. “She was really good to me. Nicolette was able to answer every question and really help me.” The program was equally rewarding for those giving advice. “It was great,” said Havrish. “I completely believe in giving back to the generations that are coming. They are the ones that are going to change the world and make things happen.”

The Career Services office wishes to extend a thank you to the professionals who took time out of their busy schedules to work with students throughout the semester. Those people include:

  • Natalie Bochino – New York State Troopers
  • Corinne Cerminaro – Crouse Health
  • Nicolette Havrish – Beardsley Architects & Engineers
  • Kelly Kinahan* – Kinahan Associates
  • Anthony Johnston* – Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office
  • Kristine Knutson – Contact Community Services
  • Michelle Mark* – Independent Web Developer (formerly of KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.)
  • Sarah Murphy – OCC Criminal Justice Department
  • Betsy Nicholas – OCC Applied Engineering Department
  • Joshua Pisagih* – University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Anthony Rojas – Dalpos Architects and Integrators
  • Lauren Staniec – re-habitat
  • Kristin Szkolnik* – Dalpos Architects and Integrators
  • Michelle Tarby – Le Moyne College
  • Jackie Vidler – Enfoque Images

(* denotes OCC alumnus)

You can learn more about all of the services offered through Career Services here. The office is located on the first of Coulter Hall in room C110 which is just inside the main entrance.

Helping Students Explore Career Options

Abbey Baird is Director of OCC’s Career Services Office which helps students find internship, volunteer and employment opportunities.

Onondaga Community College’s Career Services Office is preparing students for opportunities which will help them explore career options. Numerous student focused workshops will be happening throughout the month, leading up to a large internship, volunteer and employment fair on campus. The list of workshops includes:

Wed, Feb 7          Walk-in Resume Clinic                                                                11am-1pm          Coulter 110

Thurs, Feb 8        Wizard of Oz-themed Resume and Wardrobe Clinic           11am-2pm          Coulter 116

Tues, Feb 13       Mardi Gras-themed Resume Clinic                                          12pm-2pm          Coulter Lobby

Mon, Feb 19       Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                               10am-1pm          Coulter 110

Tues, Feb 20       Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                              9:30am-2pm      Coulter 110

Wed, Feb 21       Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                               11am-1pm           Coulter 110

Thurs, Feb 22     Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                              9am-2pm            Coulter 110

Fri, Deb 23           Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                            2pm-4pm            Coulter 110

Mon, Feb 26       Walk-In Resume Clinic                                                             10am-1pm            Coulter 110

 

The workshops will prepare students for an Internship, Volunteer and Job Fair which will held in the SRC Arena Wednesday, February 28 from 11am to 2pm.

The Career Services office is conveniently located in room 110 of Coulter Hall which is just inside the main entrance on the right side. You can reach the Career Services offices via email at careerservices@sunyocc.edu or by phone at (315) 498-2585.

Abbey Baird, Director of the Career Services program is our guest on this month’s edition of our podcast, “Higher Ed You Can Use from Onondaga Community College.” We encourage you to listen to our conversation and learn more about all of the services available to students in our Career Services office. Enjoy the podcast!

Deadline to Register for Fall 2017 Semester Approaching

The deadline to register for Fall 2017 classes at OCC is quickly approaching. Remember, your education is worth it.

Register for classes at OCC today!

If you’re struggling to complete your education, we have services that can help you in the classroom, outside of the classroom and with your next steps like the ones listed below and more!

The Learning Center

Our tutoring support is customized to your needs. Get tutoring support for a specific course, one-on-one writing support, or study skills tutoring in friendly and convenient location.

Community Care Hub

Life can sometimes get in the way of earning your degree. The Community Care Hub (CCH) can help overcome those obstacles preventing you from earning your education. CCH can connect you with resources to help you find affordable housing, obtain food, connect you with scholarships and other financial resources, help with tax preparation, provide bus bases and more!

Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round to help students finance their education. Fill out the online interest form to get started on financing your education.

Counseling Services

Personal struggles shouldn’t get in the way of your education. If you need someone to talk to, come to the counseling center. We’ll help you with what you’re going through and remind you that you’re not alone.

Career Services

Career Services will be there for you at any time during your time at OCC and beyond. They can help you build your resume, polish interview skills, connect you with internship and job opportunities and more.

Register for Fall 2017 classes!