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Finger Lakes Career Day inspires hundreds of students from 22 different schools

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Over 600 high school students from 22 schools gathered at the Geneva Recreation Complex on April 23 for Finger Lakes Career Day. The event, organized by former professional boxer Ray Ciancaglini, featured more than 70 booths showcasing career opportunities in various fields, including local businesses, healthcare, law enforcement, the military, and colleges.

Ciancaglini, driven by a desire to guide students towards long-term careers, collaborated with community leaders to create the event. “For many years, students would ask me where to find a job. I wanted to show them they could find not just a job, but a career they enjoy,” said Ciancaglini. The event, which was not a traditional job fair, aimed to connect students in grades 10 to 12 with potential career paths.

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The success of the event was a team effort, with significant contributions from Geneva Recreation Director Dave Sharman and Catholic Charities Executive Director Frank Capozzi. Principals Dave Pullen and Greg Baker, along with superintendents Bo Wright and Chris Barnard, provided crucial support. The event also received logistical assistance from Tom Taylor of Tommy T’s Tables, Chairs, and Tents, as well as security and parking management from Geneva Fire and Police Departments.