C-NS student job shadows in the Adirondacks

Junior Carrie Curry benefits from CNS Career Center program

Have you ever wondered if you would have chosen a different career path, given that you had the chance to experience the job with no strings attached?

Even though this type of opportunity may not have been readily available to everyone when they were in high school, the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Career Center is making that, and much more possible to its students.

Thanks to Career Center Director Ellie Peavey, sophomores, juniors and seniors have the opportunity to job shadow in a career field in which they maintain interest, once each year.

Peavey said that students must show their dedication to their requested job shadow so that they are prepared for the experience. A completion of research in the career field, emergency and health forms and parental consent are required for the process.

One of many recent educational ventures was a two-day overnight visit to the Adirondack Ecological Center. C-NS junior Carrie Curry, 17, of North Syracuse, has had a long-time interest in eco-biology.

As she prepares to research a variety of universities and apply for college next year, Curry said she wanted to see what it would be like to be in the field.

"I've always been into the outdoors and animals," Curry said.

Instead of wondering, Curry was able to get on the trails and work alongside four forest professionals.

Day 1 -- Feb. 17

On her first day in the Adirondacks, she worked the deer trails with Stacy McNulty, research associate of the Adirondack Ecological Center of SUNY ESF.

"Our biologists are skilled in explaining technology like radio telemetry," McNulty said. "We explain the purpose of methods like live-capture of small mammals to the students."

Curry said McNulty showed her how to track an animal, such as a deer, with the use of their surroundings. Traveling around Long Lake, they picked up radio signals and found locations of certain deer that had been previously collared.

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