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By J.D. Raucci SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Syracuse’s branch of On Point for College is known for helping low-income students get into and succeed in college. However, it’s also a way for students to meet and network with positive role models before they even get there. On Point reinforced that goal on Wednesday night when it hosted the first speaker for its Women’s Empowerment group in its new facility.
On Point, a non-profit organization which helps at-risk and low-income students with college and career services welcomed Shirley Rowser to the new 488 West Onondaga Street facility on Wednesday. Rowser works for the Syracuse City School District as a Personnel Analyst and the College Recruitment and Career Ladder Coordinator.
The first of four speakers to talk with the Women’s Empowerment group throughout the year, Rowser addressed topics such as the importance of creating diverse skill sets while job hunting and developing and utilizing soft skills such as communication and listening in the workplace.
But Rowser was not there to simply speak to the students.
“The format is really not speaking,” Tanya Eastman, On Point’s Director of Operations and Career Services said. “We bring in someone to sort of kick it off whether it be with a topic or their own story and get the crowd motivated. Once the speaker’s done, it just sort of opens up the floor for discussion.”
Eastman added that the goal of having that open discussion is three-fold. It connects students with professionals from throughout the community, allows professionals to meet students for future job opportunities and creates opportunities for students to see successful professionals from their communities.
Even though the events are not entirely focused on the speaker, Eastman said that having Rowser be the first female speaker at the new location was no accident.
“Shirley has been a long time supporter of On Point for College,” Eastman said. “She’s one of our community angels. She’s always there when we need her as a resource, either one-on-one for a student or more broadly. And she’s from here, so it’s a great story.”
The next women’s speaker will be Staci Dennis-Taylor of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office later in the year.