For more than 30 years, working with high schools throughout New York state, the Raymond Corporation’s Youth Apprenticeship Program has played an integral role in demonstrating its dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education

The Youth Apprenticeship Program provides a hands-on, experiential approach to learning for junior and senior high school students, Raymond said in a news release on Monday. In coordination with the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, apprentices spend two years at Raymond headquarters in Greene, N.Y., about 22 miles north of Binghamton.

Raymond said in a June 24 news release that students deepen their knowledge in their chosen fields and explore various disciplines, including engineering, finance, manufacturing, and other disciplines and departments. 

“For more than 30 years, Raymond’s collaboration with BOCES has helped us build a most successful Youth Apprenticeship Program, which has been integral to Raymond’s commitment to STEM education and building the workforce of the future,” said Maribeth Absi, Raymond’s senior director of human resources. 

“The Youth Apprenticeship Program has proved to be especially valuable in addressing industry challenges in finding and educating talent to address the widening skills gap,” she added. “We have a number of our apprentices apply to our cooperative education program as a next step in their education process, some of whom may even become Raymond employees.” 

This 2023-24 school year, Raymond celebrates five graduates from its Youth Apprenticeship Program from the Greene Central School District and Seton Catholic Central high schools: 

Greene Central School District, Greene, N.Y.: 

  • Caroline Jeffery   
  • Mallory Jeffery   
  • Austin deHaan   
  • Dominick Kresin   

Seton Catholic Central, Binghamton, N.Y.:  

  • Andrew Erickson 

“Raymond has been an integral part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program throughout the years,” Matt Sheehan, director for the New York Center for Career and Technical Excellence, said. “It has given countless students from our area schools amazing hands-on experiences.” 

In addition to returning students, Raymond will welcome new apprentices to the program in September 2024. 

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