Jan. 29, 2024
Freshman computer application students at Ralph Perry Junior High School recently had the opportunity to explore careers through virtual reality (VR) technology.
The opportunity was brought to the New Hartford Central School District after technology teacher Mike Amante used Oculus VR headsets as part of the New York State Department of Labor’s (NYSDOL) Teacher Ambassador program. Employment counselors from the Utica branch of the NYSDOL visited Perry to virtually show students career opportunities they likely would not have had a chance to experience.
Employment counselors from the Utica branch of the NYSDOL visited Perry to virtually show students career opportunities they likely would not have had a chance to experience.
Students were able to try out simulated career moments from fields such as health care, construction, information technology and several trades.
“The system gives the students a peek at different occupations, before they decide what to pursue,” said Stephanie Madia, senior employment counselor with the New York State Department of Labor.
As one of its goals, the district is committed to ensuring access to a future-focused learning environment where teaching and learning is reimagined to provide expanded opportunities for student success.
“The use of the VR technology gives students the opportunity to see if they have interest in a job in these in-demand fields,” said Mr. Amante. “It is an innovative, exciting new way for them to think about potential future employment opportunities.”