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Career Exploration Night on Sept. 26

Discuss salary outlooks, hear from industry experts in the field, find out about internship opportunities and learn about degree options for Burlington County College’s (BCC) agricultural business technology, green, and culinary arts programs at Career Exploration Night on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Laurel Hall, room 320, located on BCC’s Mount Laurel campus, 500 College Circle.

Breakout sessions for each industry will feature experts as well as BCC program directors from the science, math and technology division, and representatives from career services, recruitment and the Foundation. Pine Islands Cranberry Company, Inc. is scheduled to provide insight into the agricultural business technology world and BCC representatives will discuss the Associate of Applied Science degree in agricultural business technology. The degree was created in an effort to help meet workforce demands. The $82 billion food and agriculture business is New Jersey’s third largest industry, ranking after pharmaceuticals and tourism in the economic benefits it brings to the state (www.state.nj.us/agriculture/about/overview.html).

This fall, BCC began offering its fourth degree program under the Center for Sustainability and Alternative Energy umbrella. The Sustainability – Policy and Management degree program, a response to the growing demand for trained green professionals, is designed to prepare students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges with sustainability-focused programs. BCC is the first two-year college in the tri-county area to offer comprehensive green associates degree programs. George Dzurina, President for G-Crew, LLC, a renewable energy solutions provider, will speak to those interested in entering the green workforce.

Employment in accommodation and food services is projected to grow by 9 percent, adding about 1 million new jobs through the year 2020 (www.bls.gov/ooh/about/projections-overview.htm). BCC’s Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism programs offer a high-quality, hands-on education in state-of-the-art facilities. Students in these programs can earn four degrees including an A.A.S. in Casino and Resort Management, A.A.S. in Culinary Arts, A.S. in Culinary Arts, and an A.A.S. in Pastry Arts. With tourism leading as New Jersey’s second largest industry (www.njtia.org) and representing 9.8 percent of total employment or 1 in 10.2 jobs in the state (www.visitnj.org/new-jersey-tourism-research-and-information), the future career opportunities look bright for those graduating with a culinary arts, pastry arts or casino and resort management degree. Chef Elizabeth Dinice, BCC Director of Culinary Arts and a guest speaker will discuss the industry during the breakout session.

Demonstrations and tours of BCC’s NASA van, a mobile science classroom, will also be part of the programming. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Door prizes related to each industry will also be awarded. For more information, please visit www.bcc.edu/careernight. A courtesy RSVP is requested by calling ext. 1413 at (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311.