February 26 Celebration Honors 2019 Graduates
The Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center in Schenectady recognized forty young adults who have overcome educational and personal obstacles and completed SEAT’s career training programs. These graduates will now realize a future filled with bright career opportunities at companies throughout the Capital Region. These programs culminated in a special graduation and recognition ceremony on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at SUNY Schenectady.
Thirty-three YouthBuild Schenectady @ SEAT program graduates donned caps and gowns and crossed the Commencement stage accompanied by Pomp and Circumstance and formally turned their tassels recognizing their graduation. An additional 7 students who have completed the Train Up @ SEAT program were acknowledged for successfully concluding construction and emergency medical technician career programs. All students were recognized for their commitment and dedication to personal and professional development.
Along with family, friends, SEAT alumni, and sponsors, the community was invited to attend the ceremony, with keynote speaker Michael Parker. Michael serves as the Dean of Students and YouthBuild Program Coordinator at Youth Action YouthBuild East Harlem, the site of the original YouthBuild program and birthplace of the international YouthBuild movement.
“Graduation may have seemed unobtainable for YouthBuild Schenectady students, yet today we share this significant milestone in our students’ journey. And for those participants enrolled in our workforce readiness programs, today marks their entry into living-wage positions or the pursuit of additional education. This day celebrates academic and vocational achievements of those who have overcome hurdles and personal challenges to reach this goal. These students’ successes go beyond personal satisfaction and will have deep impacts on their families, the SEAT Center community, and the public at large. At SEAT, we will continue to support our students and do whatever it takes to ensure that these young people have every chance for success,” said Jennifer Lawrence, SEAT Founder and Executive Director.
Companies employing this year’s graduates include:
- Mohawk Ambulance Service
- All Metro Health Care
- Attentive Care
- Rivers Casino & Resort
- Appolo Heating and Cooling
- Total Events
- Golub Corporation
- WIS International – Inventory Counting Services
- CM Distributing
- Whole Foods
- Lowe’s Home Improvement
- Sticker Mule
- Staybridge Suites
- Taco Bell
- Panera Bread
- Roy Rogers
Following program completion, one student has enrolled in Capital District EOC’s cosmetology program. Several other students are continuing their formal education at SUNY Schenectady and Hudson Valley Community College.
View the Photos From Our Oct. 2018 Bites & Brews Event
Join us on Friday, October 12, 2018 at the picturesque Thendara Farm in West Glenville, NY for an fun evening of beer and food tastings and music to support the education and workforce programs of SEAT Center.
Walk around the spacious, climate controlled event space, mingle with old friends and make news ones, while listening to Ill Funk's mash up of hip/hop, neo- soul, R&B, and rock. Enjoy the grounds outside for more fun or sit around our bonfire with a brew.
Each attendee will receive a take home 4 oz glass to use for unlimited beer tastings.
Non Alcoholic Beverages will also be available. Please note: This is a 21 years and older event.
* We will also feature a specialty cocktail courtesy of Rivers Casino and Resort and an assortment of wine will be provided by local vendors.
Live Music featuring the musical talent of The Ill Funk Ensemble
Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving!
There will be exclusive, free, shuttle service for attendees.
The shuttle will depart from Rivers Casino and Resort, Valet Entrance
at 5:30 and 6:30pm. Return service will be provided at 8:30 and 9:00pm
We ask that you email us at email@example.com to sign up for a shuttle time.
Bites and Brews attendees may enjoy The Landing Hotel Bar while waiting for shuttle service.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!