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A good place to go to school—and find a job Miscellaneous

It’s simple, right?  The career opportunities don’t exist here. That’s why so many RIT graduates flee the region—in search of jobs. Even those who prefer to stay here, we’re told, can’t. Well, companies like Bausch & Lomb, Paychex and Wegmans—just to name a few—want future graduates to know otherwise.

This Friday, Oct. 26, RIT will play host to the third annual Explore Rochester IT symposium. The event is intended to increase awareness, excitement and exposure of Rochester-area IT career opportunities among local students from 18 area colleges and universities. Chief information officers from the 10 sponsoring firms will talk directly with students to discuss current IT initiatives along with the vocational outlook.

Fran Versace, student employment manager for RIT’s Information & Technology Services, offers this perspective: “Every year, our local colleges graduate students with IT degrees, and many of them leave the area to pursue jobs out of state. This program is an effort to retain the best and the brightest here in the Rochester area and to encourage local IT businesses to hire these talented young people.”

No one’s blind to the fact that our region still faces numerous economic challenges, but the biggest obstacle to prosperity is believing we’re not capable of overcoming these challenges. Local companies realize that by tapping a key resource—a wealth of innovative and well-educated college students—its possible to engineer a turnaround.

Why not? PAETEC, a locally based business communications provider, announced its commitment last week to build its new world headquarters in downtown Rochester. Good things are happening all around us.

Now, imagine what can happen once the rest of us start touting our region’s potential. A little momentum may go a long way. It’s really that simple.


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