Welcome to the NTHS Career Center
  Lori Graves, Career Center Mentor
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“Find out what you like doing best
 and get someone
 to pay you for doing it.”

(Katherine Whitehorn)
 
“Choose a job you love,
and you will never have to work
 a day in your life.”

(Confucius)
 
“If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.”
(Walt Disney)



 
The Career Center resources give students information and exploration tools to make sound, well-informed college and career decisions. It is designed to help students who are undecided about their future plans, as well as those who have clearly defined career goals. 

We can help you:
  • research colleges and academic majors
  • research and apply for scholarships
  • research a career
  • schedule an appointment with a visiting college representative
  • find part-time employment
  • find summer corporate work programs

Available to students:
  • computers
  • printers
  • career research resources
  • college catalogs
  • college viewbooks and informational materials
  • military recruitment information
  • job hunting resources
  • resume and cover letter writing resources
 

 



High School Career Center Helps Students Find a First Job, College, and Career
 
Lori Graves Down the hall from the counseling center at North Tonawanda High School is a room dedicated to helping high school students answer the age-old question of “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

With its bank of computers and library of print resources, the career center offers students a dedicated space to do online and print research about colleges, majors, job opportunities and careers.

“The career center is almost like the library of the counseling center,” said Lori Graves, career center director.

Under the direction of the counseling center, the career center offers students the opportunity to research careers, colleges and scholarships.

When career center director Marion Maziarz retired in January, Mrs. Graves left her teacher aide position to become the new director. Except for a three-year span when she earned her degree, Mrs. Graves has worked for the district as an aide and in the community education program since 1998.

“Mrs. Graves is so energetic. Since she has worked in the school district, she was able to step right into this role. She’s absolutely amazing,” said Melissa Giles, high school counselor and department coordinator. 

Since January, the career center’s calendar has quickly filled up with career and college guest speakers who visit to give practical advice to students.

Recent speakers have talked about careers as a physical therapist, fashion designer, business owner, physician assistant, journalist, architect, interior designer, animator, veterinarian, engineer, chef, accountant and forensic crime scene investigator.

When Buffalo News reporter Dan Herbeck visited the high school to discuss journalism, he drew 42 students to his session. Similar career presentations on engineering drew 31 students; 20 for the physician and 24 for the physician’s assistant session.

The speakers are chosen based on a career survey that all high school students take each fall. Mrs. Graves used the survey results to tabulate the most popular job choices listed and then arranged for a speaker on those topics.

She also works with college admission offices to have them visit the school.

Having guest speakers and college admission officials at school is ideal, but students can find it hard to fit one more thing into their busy schedules. Mrs. Graves tries to schedule some presentations during the lunch periods from 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

She also works with various teachers to bring the guest speakers into a class. A recent session on interview skills during an Academy of Finance class was given by Becky Restorff-Billi from Wegman’s who gave students numerous tips on filling out applications, interviewing, researching a company and following up after the interview with a thank you note.

In the hallway outside the career center, brightly colored signs announce upcoming sessions. Students can also sign up for Remind101 notifications and sessions are announced in the mornings.

“We are trying to get more students down to use the resources for college preparation and job opportunities,” said Mrs. Graves, adding that she plans to offer group sessions for students in the fall and winter next school year.