BOCES Work-Based Learning Coordinator Awarded

May 07, 2019

Melissa Crea’s job is getting other people jobs. It is something the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES does so well that she earned the Rookie Work Experience Coordinator of the Year award recently. The award is presented by the Work Experience Coordinators’ Association of New York State. 
Crea works with Career and Technical Education (CTE) students at PNW BOCES on finding internships and jobs while they are in school as well as positions after they graduate. She is passionate about finding the right fit for each student who comes through her door.
“I love the variety of setting up individual internships, class placements, and helping students find jobs, and I also love networking in the community,” Crea said.
CTE Director Cathy Balestrieri said that staff members at the Tech Center know they can count on Crea to deliver.
“The job of Work-Based Learning Coordinator is critical to student success,” said Balestrieri. “Melissa is warm, caring, passionate, enthusiastic, approachable, creative and committed to providing appropriate and meaningful work experiences to our students. Her ability to connect with teachers, students, and employers is a true talent.”
Work-Based Learning Coordinator Melissa Crea