Raymond_Apprentice_Program Raymond and BOCES’ 30-year collaboration supports workforce of the future.

Raymond drives success with transformative Youth Apprenticeship Program

Raymond and BOCES’ 30-year collaboration supports the workforce of the future

For more than 30 years, the Youth Apprenticeship Program has been an integral part of The Raymond Corporation showing its dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Working with high schools throughout the Southern Tier of New York, this program provides a hands-on, experiential approach to learning for junior and senior high school students. In coordination with the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), apprentices spend two years at Raymond headquarters in Greene, New York. During this time, students deepen their knowledge in their chosen fields and explore various disciplines that may include engineering, finance, manufacturing, and other disciplines and departments.

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Maribeth Absi

“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, senior director of human resources, The Raymond Corporation. “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. 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 Greene Central School District and Seton Catholic Central High School in New York State:

Greene Central School District, Greene, New York: 

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

Seton Catholic Central, Binghamton, New York:

  • Andrew Erickson

Matt Sheehan, director for the New York Center for Career and Technical Excellence, stated: “Raymond has been an integral part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program throughout the years. 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.

For more information on Raymond’s Youth Apprenticeship and Cooperative Education Programs, visit https://careers.raymondcorp.com/students.

For more information on Raymond, visit www.raymondcorp.com or call 800 235-7200.