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Students Learn About HIgh-Tech Careers from Verizon Executives

by Employee ‎12-19-2011 06:57 PM - edited ‎12-19-2011 07:04 PM

Students at City Poly get mentoring and career advice from Verizon's senior executives: (left to right) Nicki Palmer, Mike Millegan, and Magda YrizarryOur guest blogger today is Ian Campo, College and Career Advisor for City Poly with contributions from the following students: Stanley Paul, Tiffany Cruz, Mohammad Zilon, Shane Thomas, Nkosi Alleyne, and Christana Adeyemi


City-Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology recently had the honor of taking part in Verizon Career Day at its operations center in Basking Ridge, NJ, on November 18, 2011. Having students meet Verizon executives, learn about and discuss career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, shadow employees, and tour the high-tech 1.3 million-square-foot complex was both an exciting and enriching experience for our students.

 

The generous support of Verizon in providing this opportunity for our students is greatly appreciated. Some highlights from the day include students having the opportunity to shadow Verizon employees who had been with the corporation for two years or less. This allowed our students to connect with employees who were just starting out in their careers, and often closer in age to our students. Through shadowing, students were also able to see first-hand the variance in scope of work that employees at Verizon undertake. This provided a nice balance for our students who earlier in the day had a thoughtful "Q & A" session with veteran Verizon executives, including Rose Stuckey Kirk (president of the Verizon Foundation) and Michael H. Millegan (president of Verizon Global Wholesale).

 

The other highlight from the trip was the tours that students took throughout the facility, such as to Verizon's own TV studio, the compost/green project, the Verizon Experience store, its security operations, and health center. Students were impressed and engaged during these tours, and had the opportunity to interact with the employees, and even 'play' with the equipment.

 

Students at City Poly get mentoring and career advice from Verizon senior executives.The following are some student reflections from the trip:

 

"The trip to Verizon was astounding. The Verizon officials' words were very inspirational. They helped me understand that any determined and focused student can end up in a very high position. One thing that surprised me was how Verizon is very eco-friendly and is doing much more than being a cable and phone provider."

Stanley Paul (10th grade)

 

"I was very impressed by the diversity displayed at the Verizon. I believe the most memorable aspect of my visit was seeing the Vice President of Enterprise & Government Sales Operations gracefully stroll into our meeting room. I felt proud to be a woman and was inspired to become the best I can in my future. I like to think that she was the most inspirational because being an upper-level executive at a global corporation as a woman reveals her hard work and the value that Verizon places on diversity."

Tiffany Cruz (10th grade)

 

"My visit to the friendly Verizon operations center was an informative and memorable experience that I greatly appreciate. I am inspired by Verizon's ability to meet the challenging needs of their customers. I believe that Verizon is so successful globally because they care about their customers and operate with integrity. I hope that Verizon continues to inspire others to pursue their dreams, because they have definitely motivated me to be ambitious in pursuing mine."

Mohammad Zilon (10th grade)

 

"Initially, my thoughts were that visiting Verizon would just be another big office building that would be boring. I was wrong! Their operations center was amazing. I used to think Verizon was just a phone company. I soon realized they are deeply invested in communities, its customers, and the world.

Shane Thomas (10th grade)

 

"When I was told I was going to Verizon, I had preconceived ideas about Verizon. I thought the employees at the company would be a bit aggressive; actually, the staff at Verizon is kind, friendly, and helpful. Touring the tech room at Verizon's TV studio was the most exciting part of the day."

Nkosi Alleyne

 

"When we first arrived, we entered the conference room where we answered two questions. What do you want to be when you grow up? And, what is Verizon? Well, Verizon is a company that helps customers get the best phone, Internet, and television service possible. Verizon is also a company of fairness. This means that they do not judge you based on the way you look, but on what you bring to the table. Also, there are many engineers working there which fascinates me, because when I grow up I want to become a computer engineer."

Christina Adeyemi (10thgrade)

 

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About City Poly: City Poly opened in September 2009, as one of four State-approved career and technical education (CTE) demonstration sites in New York City. City Poly is the first CTE school in New York City with an Early College program. City Poly's mission is to prepare students to be college ready and career ready. Through City Poly's trimester schedule, students are able to complete a year and a half of high school work in a year's time. As of June, 2011, 88% percent of City Poly's first incoming class had earned enough credits to be considered seniors after just two years in high school. This is especially compelling because City Poly has no academic screening criteria for admission, and enrollment is open to any rising ninth grade student in New York City. The majority of City Poly's students are minorities underrepresented in engineering, architecture, and technology fields. Fifty-eight percent are African-American and 26% are Latino. 74% qualify for free or reduced lunch. City Poly's Academy of Engineering and Academy of IT are part of the National Academy Foundation network of career-themed high schools.

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by jimstinnett on ‎06-14-2012 02:38 PM

I have switched from Suddenlink to Verizon with a complete bundle because of the high cost....I do, without a doubt that Verizon has the poorest customer service I have ever seen.....I have been an online service tech for a major corporation for 15 years and have never been treated the way i have been for the last two days....I was promised service on the 13 of June that did not happen, I have been on the phone with service techs for 101 minutes verifible on the cell phone....I was on the phone yesterday and was told the porblem was fixed but the service would not be available until midnight on the 14th.....I was hung up on four times yesterday and transfered numerious times....I am still without service.....I spoke with a "supervisor" today emp# 978284 he said they were having a lot of trouble in this area but promised I would have service tomorrow.....We'll see

 

AGAIN THIS IS THE POOREST SERVICE I HAVE EVER RECEIVED....i HAVE BEEN A SERVICE TECH FOR A MAJOR CORPORATION AND I DO NOT TREAT MY CUSTOMERS THIS BAD.......

by on ‎06-14-2012 04:27 PM

I'm so sorry for your frustrating experience! One of our support techs will send you a Private Message (PM) to see if they can do anything to assist you. You can see if you have a new PM by looking at the top right of your screen- you should see a yellow envelope icon with the number of messages you have once you receive that.

 

Thanks,

Heather

by Employee on ‎06-14-2012 04:49 PM

jimstinnett,

 

I sent you a PM to get some information from you.  Please get back to me when you can.

 

-adam

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