Borst wins title of Career Center Apprentice
February 26, 2013
Senior math major Karen Borst of Levittown, NY won Mount Saint
Mary College’s recent Career Center Apprentice competition. Anthony
Fragomeni (right), a junior history and political science major
from Beacon, NY took second place, and Alex Rivera (left), a senior
business-marketing major from Brooklyn, NY was awarded third.
Similar to the television show upon which it’s based, the Career
Center Apprentice completion featured a pool of about 100 dedicated
Mount students vying for the title. Each experienced the thrill of
competition while learning valuable professional skills.
Five finalists stood out: Sarah Muller, a junior nursing major
from Wappingers Falls, NY; Karen Borst, a senior math major from
Levittown, NY; Yelana Boyko, a junior history major from Newburgh,
NY; Alex Rivera, a senior business-marketing major from Brooklyn,
NY; and Anthony Fragomeni, a junior history and political science
major from Beacon, NY.
The winner was chosen by a panel of local employers based on a
mock job interview. The employers were John Yelle, finance and
administration manager at Advanced Coating Technologies in
Middletown, NY; Brian Bezkorowajny, director of technical resources
at Advance Testing Company, Inc. in Campbell Hall, NY and
Harpursville, NY; and Carol Webber, employment coordinator at the
Anderson Center for Autism in Hyde Park, NY.
Borst won the completion with her excellent professional
attitude and interviewing skills. The apprentice received an iPad
2, donated by Advanced Coating Technologies.
“I want to thank the employers and the Career Center for
everything they’ve done to get me this far,” said Borst.
Fragomeni and Rivera were given monetary prizes for second and
third place, respectively.
Mike Bennett, a popular WHUD radio personality, has networked
with Mount students at Career Center events.
Apprentice hopefuls participated in Career Center events and
opportunities aimed at teaching them to be successful in the
workplace. One was a recent speed networking event where the
students of Mount Saint Mary College met with accomplished
professionals, including Mike Bennett of the local radio station
WHUD. Bennett will return in March to speak to Mount students and
staff about his 40-year career in radio.
Students also learned how to craft a résumé and cover letter,
developed solid interviewing strategies, and improved their
Mount students are serious about their professional future, and
the college’s Career Center aids them on the path to success. The
center offers internship and co-op experiences which open doors to
varied job opportunities in Long Island, New York City, the Hudson
Valley, the capital region, and beyond.
The center also prepares the college’s young professionals for
rewarding careers through engaging and informative events.
Approximately 100 Mount students attended the Career Center’s
Sophomores: Survive and Succeed program. Speaking, from left to
right: Kathleen O’Keefe, associate director of the Career Center;
Allison Turnbach of Brick, NJ, a sophomore psychology major; and
Karen Borst of Levittown, NY, a senior math major. Photo credit:
Sara Baloga, history major, Binghamton, NY
Second year Mount students kicked off the spring 2013 semester
with the center’s Sophomores: Survive and Succeed program, which
taught the more than 100 attendees how to better utilize campus
resources to make the most of their final two years in college.
At the recent Careers in the Sciences event, panelists discussed
career opportunities that require a variety of skills and a broad
base of knowledge, such as information management and information
research, clean energy opportunities, foreign medical schools and
careers in business account management and engineering.
Panelists included Mary Jo Russell, manager of library services,
Vassar Brothers Medical Center; Laurence Lanigan, general manager,
Vanguard Energy, a solar power/wind energy company; Bryan
Fleischman, associate director of admissions, American University
of Antigua, College of Medicine; and Mike Walsh, educational
program director, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries,
The center also presented Careers for English Majors, featuring
Luke Pontifell, president of Thornwillow Press Ltd.; Polly
Sparling, senior editor of Hudson Valley Magazine; Susan Andreas,
VP/associate editorial director, CDMI Connect; Jane Hanley,
assistant director of marketing at Mount Saint Mary College
(business writing); and James Nani, a journalist with the Times