High school students from the Business Leadership Academy recently participated in a business breakfast, followed by a question-and-answer session with guest speaker Robert Modica, a field representative supervisor from worldwide meat distributor Porky Products Inc. The students learned about career opportunities and the vast amount of jobs needed to run a worldwide organization.
“A good work ethic is the most important attribute that all employees need,” Modica told the students. “Your desire to achieve goals in life, whether personally or professionally, should always be guided by your morals and work ethic.”
Many of the 25 seniors, juniors and sophomores enrolled in the Academy are interested in majoring in business management, finance, accounting or marketing in college; others want to start their own businesses and learn how they are managed. The Academy students meet monthly with Islip business teachers and business professionals to learn about the world of business and opportunities that exist. Students also take field trips to various businesses where they talk to employees and learn about the ins and outs of moving up the corporate ladder.
“Students are intrigued to learn about the different types of careers and businesses that exist,” said Curt Juengerkes, the high school’s assistant principal and coordinator of the careers department and Business Leadership Academy. “The guest speakers are from different industries, with diverse backgrounds and education, and this forum inspires our students to expand their horizons.”