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BOCES of Jefferson, Lewis, and St Lawrence Counties & WPBS-TV to Collaborate on Virtual Career Fair for Area Students

From June 9th  through June 11th, BOCES of Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties, in conjunction with WPBS-TV, will host a Virtual Career Fair for area high school and middle school students from 10am to 4pm. The career fair is a collaborative initiative driven by the steering committee that supports GPS for Success, a long-standing North Country career planning tool operated by WPBS-TV.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on North Country students and their families have been significant. School buildings had to close quickly in March. Educators acted fast, pivoting to remote delivery of curriculum content. Many students were disadvantaged by the lack of access to high-speed internet. In addition, high school seniors are not able to celebrate traditional events like graduation or prom in-person with friends and family.

Another priority that has been hindered for students is exploring future career paths. And while there are excellent online resources that can help (like, students who normally receive support from guidance counselors, teachers, or career fair events, need to have other options. The Virtual Career Fair is the ideal alternative during this time.

WPBS-TV, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, The Workplace, the Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Afgritech, Jefferson County Economic Development, and other organizations have partnered in an initiative that allows students to explore options in “career clusters,” with industry experts who will provide an overview of career opportunities in each cluster and answer any questions the students may have. Clusters are listed below.

The Virtual Career Fair takes place on Tuesday, June 9th, Wednesday, June 10th and Thursday, June 11th from 10am to 4 pm. Students can pre-register at

Career Clusters and Participating Organizations include:

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Science

St. Lawrence Cornell Cooperative Extension

Jefferson Cornell Cooperative Extension

Beller Farms

Cazenovia Equipment

Architecture & Construction

Purcell Construction

BCA Architects & Engineers

IBEW Local Union

Carpenters Local Union

BOCES Architecture, Engineering, & 3D Design

Arts, AV, & Communication

Clayton Opera House


Sight & Sound Theatres (Pennsylvania)

Otis Technology

Business Management & Administration

NNY Bizguy



Clarkson University

Jefferson Cornell Cooperative Extension

Lowville Academy


Bowers & Company CPAs

Government & Public Administration


Department of Social Services

Customs & Border Protection

Health Science

Jefferson County Public Health Service

Watertown Audiology & Fyzical Therapy

Samaritan Hospital

Hospitality & Tourism

Bella’s in Clayton

Human Services

The Arc

Northern Regional Center for Independent Living

Victims Assistance Center

Volunteer Transportation Center

Jefferson Cornell Cooperative Extension

Jefferson Community College

United Helpers

Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions

Children’s Home of Jefferson County

Information Technology


Keyes Security

Law, Public Safety, & Corrections


Watertown Police Department


HP Hood


Otis Technology




GPS for Success is funded by the Northern New York Community Foundation

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Joleene DesRosiers
315-753-2134 (VM or text)

About Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) offers cost-effective shared services to 18 component school districts located in Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Herkimer, and Oneida Counties. These services to districts include career and technical education course offerings as well as special education, instructional and administrative support services.  BOCES also serves the continuing education needs of local business, labor and industries in the community and offers a wide range of continuing education opportunities for adult learners.  Learn more at

Nathan Lehman
Communications/Information Coordinator
Jefferson-Lewis BOCES
(315) 779-7025