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Study says: Genesee Community College is tops in technical training

Genesee Community College ranked first among 27 SUNY community colleges for a wide range of tech services. To read more see page 5.

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family vacation: Visit the CNY RV Show March 1-4 at the New York State Fairgrounds.

“There’s a huge variety of models in every price range.”

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On Feb. 29, read about Excellence in CNY and Madison County business.

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Taking a peek at the future Cazenovia eighth-graders explore preferred careers

Pierce Smith

By Jennifer Wing

Help, resources available for CNY high school students

It’s a rite of passage – graduation from high school. A milestone. A first step on the road to becoming a successful part of the workforce. So, where to go from here? For many, the obvious answer is college, the military or a trade school. Most likely, if the choice is college, the applications have already been filled out and accepted or rejected, with the choice of institution weighed utilizing many factors: the student’s study path, distance from home, school reputation, cost, etc. All done, right? Not really, according to a recent study. A 2010 report released by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce discussed the widening gap between job openings and the number of people who have the degree and/or training to fill them. “Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018,” said students should align their college choices with

fields that have a higher demand for employees in order to be successful. This is something with which Peter DeFazio, guidance counselor at Liverpool High School, is familiar, and he stresses the importance of discussing the viability of many majors in the workplace. “In terms of marketability, we get a lot of good information from the admissions people that meet with our students,” DeFazio said. “When the students are in the phases of deciding upon what school they want to attend and what course of study they want to pursue, we are lucky to have at least 100 admissions [officers] visit Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse high schools to speak directly with the students, and part of what they talk about is the marketability of majors.” For instance, DeFazio said they now know that engineering has “been a very popular college major in the past several years, so now there

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is a saturation of engineering students pursuing that degree.” He added that the volume of students graduating with an engineering degree will most likely make it more difficult to find a job in that field. So, what does DeFazio feel is a good field to pursue? “Nursing is very hot,” he said. “Right now, they are looking for people desperately. We are given information about that field and what we do as counselors is impart that information to students as part of the process.” “We also will talk about the top majors and give students an indication of how marketable their field is,” DeFazio said. There are other tools available to both DeFazio and Erin Deaver, C-NS high school business teacher and career center education coordinator, including the Naviance system (see story, this page.) “Naviance is a computer program that a lot of high schools are using now,” Deaver said. “Guidance counselors set it up to assist students with whole college process — application, col-

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With many college students and young adults still struggling to find their professional roles in society, Cazenovia High School counselors Bob Oldfield and Britt Zumpano are giving eighth-graders a jumpstart. Friday, Jan. 6, the counselors began meeting with small groups of students to review their ACT EXPLORE exam results and introduce them to Bridges Career Explorer, an informational career website geared toward young students. “Even if they don’t know what they want to do after

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Tool helps Skaneateles students track achievements By Jason Emerson After a successful pilot year in 2010-11, the Skaneateles High School soon will return to training its students on Naviance, a new web-guidance tool that allows them to electronically keep track of all curricular and extra-curricular activities and achievements, prepare a resume and college application and even research potential colleges they may want to attend. The system is convenient, straightforward, can be accessed by parents and, most importantly, is the wave of the future.

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new dimension to your education and an unforgettable experience that adds to your professional and personal education. Programs are currently being developed in other countries such as India to add to the business education program. The private college has a “stand only” master’s program in International Business and a Master of Business Administration degree program featuring a flexible format that includes weekend all day classes, weeknights and online sessions. D’Youville’s accounting major prepares you for the CPA exam and careers in accounting and can be combined with International Business in a five-year program for two degrees. Students in the business program have the opportunity to participate in the “Students in Free Enterprise” (SIFE) local chapter. It is an international not-profit organization active on more than 1500 university and college campuses in more than 40 countries. The organization, through students, organizes outreach projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics. There are annual competitions for the student business teams. Internships are a big part of an education in business and D’Youville offers opportunities with local and national companies. One International Business student\ spent a semester in South Africa for Rich Products Corporation and another with the NASCAR organization at Charlotte Motor Speedway. D’Youville features direct admission to the business field of your choice so you will not have to reapply for graduate level courses later. It is good business to check into D’Youville’s Business offerings. Visit on the web at www.dyc.edu

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D’Youville College, long known for its excellent reputation for quality health care programs and teacher education, has quietly developed a reputation for offering quality academic majors in business as well. Ranging from accounting, business management to international business, or a combination of these programs, D’Youville is attracting individuals just beginning college to those returning to college to earn a business degree or add to their business credentials. The college developed a five-year dualdegree program in International Business to meet the growing needs of the corporate community as it expands around the world and for students eager to be a part of the international economy. “It combines specialized training in key aspects of the global work-place with a strong background in foreign language, research, communication, ethics and interpersonal skills,” according to Ronald A. Dannecker, director of international recruiting. A study found that 30 of the top 500 national companies indicated a preference for international business graduates rather than MBA graduates. A very unique feature of D’Youville’s program is you can earn two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s, in less time, in this case five years, saving you money and allowing you to enter the workforce sooner. In addition, the program is entirely focused on international business unlike most other colleges that offer the MBA that is generally focused. “Our program is designed to meet the needs of the workforce and our students who pay at the undergraduate rate for all five years,” Dannecker said. D’Youville has had study abroad programs in Oxford, England and Italy and has programs in Hungry that bring an entirely

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lege searches — huge databases of what is offered.” Deaver said the program offers a wealth of resources to use for both the private or public institutions, and it can help guide the student to the correct major and future success in the workplace upon receiving their degree. DeFazio agreed the Naviance system is an excellent tool for students to use in deciding where their educational and employment history might lie. “A couple years ago, we had to close our career center because of cuts in the budget, but we were able to bring [Naviance] on board and one of the things you do with students is work through their selfexploration, and teach them to do what you are,” DeFazio said. “It’s learning assessment, career interest. When we are training students we run them through the original questions to get started with their personality type to help them get a better understanding of themselves and participate in the career interest inventory. “What happens is personal and learning style assessment links with and hooks the student up to career clusters tied to college majors,” he said. “If, for instance, it turned out they were interested in being a journalist, they could look at English or writing as a potential major,” DeFazio said. “[Naviance] also gives a look at the market itself for a particular job. It does tell you, for instance, look up accounting. You can go into the various states and see what potential salary from state to state. That information is sourced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Labor.” Deaver said each student is “so individualized” with Naviance. “We do look at what are the top 50 growing careers, look at the economy, and try to give them as much up-to-date info as we can and match it with their abilities and potential,” Deaver said. “We map it out — if you attend this school and get this degree or certificate, these are the places you can go to look

“Help Wanted: Projecting Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018,” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, is the first study to “help Americans connect the dots between employment opportunity and specific education and training choices.” According to the report, in 2018, 75 to 90 percent of jobs in the following industries: Information services; private education services; government and public education services; financial services; professional and business services and healthcare services…healthcare professional and technical occupations, STEM occupations, community services, arts occupations and education occupations.” But what matters most is the occupation for which you prepare. That’s why 27 percent of people with certificates and 31 percent of people with AA degrees earn more than the average BA. “Instead of asking whether everyone needs to go to college, we should be asking if we can produce enough workers with high level degrees and credentials that meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” said Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, which supported the research. “This report shows why it is critical that we create the kinds of supports and incentives that help students earn the credentials that employers value,” said Hilary Pennington, director of education, postsecondary success and special initiatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements through 2018 is available online at cew. georgetown.edu. Source: cew.georgetown.edu/jobs2018/

for a job. We are matching what interest and skills they have and give them a realistic view of what they can do when they are done with college how they can market themselves afterwards.” That includes other instruction at the career center such as resume building and how to interview for a job. “In addition, many colleges and universities have classes teaching these topics before the student graduates and goes out to apply for jobs,” she said. Deaver said parental involvement is key during these important decision-making times. “First and foremost the parent needs to be involved in their students’ lives,” she said. “Parents need to play an active role, and we offer programs such as a financial aid fact night that do the involve parent.” She stressed that parents need to remember that “not every student is going to know

what they want to do, that it’s another chapter. They need to [help drive home that college is] not party time, that they are building their future where they are going next. “I encourage parents to stay involved through college not just high school, and to utilize the services of that particular school. People don’t realize resources available to them and the whole process can be very confusing. That’s another thing the Career Center does help with.” She said parents should “stay involved and stay on top of things until their finished with school. Many colleges have their own career center, and a lot of them like to boast about high placement programs. Parents can help their kids realize that decisions they make now will last a lifetime.” Source: cew.georgetown. edu/jobs2018/

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University College’s TEDCenter to provide workforce needs for businesses and job seekers University College (UC) of Syracuse University announces the newly named Talent and Education Development Center (TEDCenter), formerly called the WorkKeys Center. Under its new mission the TEDCenter will expand its programming to support the workforce needs of businesses and to provide career development opportunities for individuals in Central New York and across the state. The TEDCenter will use a variety of delivery methods to provide non-credit programs and certifications. Working closely with

employers and regional organizations to understand their critical business requirements, the Center will create customized and onsite programs and certificate offerings in order to bring skilled workers into closer alignment with the needs of the public and private sectors. Karen DeJarnette is the Center’s new director. “With the strength and resources of the university we can quickly respond to the needs of businesses,” said DeJarnette, describing how the Center will achieve its mission. D e Jar n e tt e br i ng s a

breadth of business experience to the TEDCenter. Prior to joining University College, DeJarnette was the director of Workforce Development for Empire State Development Corporation. Previously, she worked at the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), serving as the vice president of Training and Corporate Development, and before that, at Carrier Corporation delivering services to both domestic and international customers. She served as an adjunct professor at the School of Information Stud-

ies at Syracuse University following completion of her master’s degree in business administration and information management. The CNY Regional Economic Development Council Strategic Plan reports that talent shortages in areas such as engineering, information technologies, and medical care compel businesses to expand outside of the region. “This trend has negatively impacted economic growth and employment in Upstate New York,” explained DeJarnette, “and it is a trend the TEDCenter hopes to have a role in

Karen DeJarnette and Andrea German-Willis reversing.” DeJarnette said the Center will work to provide focused training and educational opportunities to build the skill sets needed locally. “We have long heard employers say they are unable to find employees with the skills their business

needs to be competitive,” said DeJarnette. “University College’s investment in the TEDCenter will help us close that gap.” Andrea German-Willis is the associate director of the TEDCenter. German-Willis

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Cazenovia want, at home or while they’re allowed to at school. When the students are sophomores in two years, they will take the ACT PLAN exam, which is essentially the same

as the EXPLORE test. The PLAN exam effectively gives the counselors, teachers, students and parents another in-depth look at the child’s academic profile, their strengths and

weaknesses. For more information on the Bridges Career Explorer website, and other comprehensive career resources, visit the Cazenovia Central School District

website at caz.cnyric.org. Pierce Smith, Cazenovia Republican editor, can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican. com.

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Talent and Education Development Center (TEDCenter) The TEDCenter was established to help close the talent gap by bringing the existing and emerging workforce into closer alignment with the needs of the growing Central New York economy. If you struggle to find workers with the skills you need to grow your business and keep it competitive, the TEDCenter can: s Identify, assess, and develop the skills you need in the workers you have s Customize training programs to meet your organization’s specific needs s Provide access to Syracuse University’s educational resources

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students whose test results did not reflect the professions they had in mind. “Right now it’s more about just being interesting data for the children and parents to look at. It is a juxtaposition of their interests and values as well as the careers and majors they may be interested in, with where they stand academically,” Zumpano said. “We like every part of the test. Even if the results aren’t accurate in their eyes, it is a jumping-off point for them to explore what classes they might like to take and ultimately do after high school.” Also helping the students to get a head-start on finding their preferred career is the Bridges Career Explorer website, which every student has access to through the high school’s section of the district website. Upon signing in, students are able to explore thousands of professions, using a personality quiz and search engine to learn about jobs ranging from an aboriginal elder to zookeeper. They are given a synopsis of the job, a description of the education needed to attain the position, average pay rates and a transcription of an interview with an actual professional in the field. Students are given the opportunity to create a portfolio, and save information they come across while exploring the site. Using either the school-wide login or their personal portfolio, the 13-year-olds are able to access the website whenever they

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SUNYIT: Campus, academic BASCOL celebrates 20 years of service and industry growth continues With the launch of an extensive nanotechnology partnership and a series of ongoing campus improvements, SUNYIT is building a unique reputation as an academic innovator— and a college of opportunity for tomorrow’s students. Because of its recent growth and continued dedication to academics, SUNYIT provides students interested in pursuing degrees in technology and professional studies an exceptional value at an affordable cost. A wide-ranging nanotechnology partnership with the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering will further distinguish SUNYIT as a leader in higher education, industry collaboration, and regional economic development. A technology complex, now in its development phase, will support collaboration between industry researchers, educators and students. The t-shaped, three-story structure of up to 180,000 feet be anchored by the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C), which will enable collaboration with private nanotechnology companies. Also located in the new complex will be the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), home to engineering, computer science and other technology-related educational programs that will help build a 21st century workforce and support industry collaboration in the Quad-C. The complex is scheduled for completion in 2013. Three new buildings were recently completed and opened: a Student Center that caters to student dining and extracurricular recreation interests, a freshman residential complex, and a Field House that hosts athletic and recreational events and large campus functions. New and recently launched academic programs include: biology, civil engineering, community & behavioral health, electrical & computer engineering, and network & com-

SUNYIT is building a unique reputation as an academic innova- BASCOL Soule Road Writing Contest Winners Clockwise from back left: Candace B. Edwards, Executive Director BASCOL, Cameryn tor—and a college of opportunity for tomorrow’s students. Lucia, Emma Maturo, Dr. Ethel Robinson, SFWC Writing Contest Chair, Joey Gravante, Lily Gravante and Erin Putnam. puter security. SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology, is SUNY’s only institute of technology. Students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology and professional studies on the SUNYIT campus, a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres in Marcy, N.Y., minutes from Thruway Exit 31, Utica. SUNYIT students come from all over New York, many other states and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students are enrolled in online courses and degree programs. SUNYIT’s undergraduate degree majors/ programs include: accounting, applied computing, applied mathematics, biology, business, civil engineering, civil engineering

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“GCC is tech savvy,� so says a third party student opinion survey. Genesee Community College ranked first among all 27 participating SUNY community colleges for the quality of computer support services, Internet access, effective use of information technology, innovative use of technology in learning, quality of the student union, and safety / security services. Genesee also offers five computer technology associate degrees (Computer Information Systems, Computer Repair, Web Design, Computerized Drafting, Computer Support and Operations, and Computer Systems and Network Technologies) as well as four certificates to explore the array of high tech computer careers. Other great tech careers include the new Polysomnographic Technology (sleep tech), Veterinary Technology (vet tech), plus Biotechnology (biotech), Technical Theater (theater tech) and also Environmental Studies. Experience the innovative technology at Genesee inside the more than 30 computer labs, 87 smart classrooms and through social media outlets targeted for students. From Facebook to YouTube, Twitter to student blogs, GCC students have multiple social media platforms to connect. ‘Like’ GCC’s Facebook page for campus events and student information: facebook.com/GeneseeCommunityCollege. Genesee Community College offers 60 degree or certificate programs. With nearly 7,500 students across seven campus locations in WNY (Albion, Arcade, Batavia, Dansville, Lima, Medina and Warsaw) and more than 100 online courses every semester, GCC offers the winning combination of flexible course scheduling and affordable tuition. Outside the classroom, there are more than 40 student clubs and organizations, and a great line-up of intercollegiate athletic teams. College Village—a student residence community at the Batavia Campus rounds out the total college experience. The apartmentstyle suites feature wireless Internet access, cable TV, local and long distance digital telephone service, The Village Hall for student activities, laundry facilities and ample parking—all part of the regular housing fee. In addition, the College Village Citizenship Scholarship offers $1,000 housing scholarships to “Villagers� with demonstrated leadership abilities, interpersonal skills, and involvements in civic, cultural, faith-based or academic organizations from their

LEFT: GCC’s new Polysomnography Technology program teaches students to become “sleep techs� and launch careers in the science of sleeping disorders, a growing new division in health care. RIGHT: Vet tech students acquire plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. hometowns. Citizenship Scholars nurture their leadership abilities by helping organize student social outings, pizza parties, cultural and sporting excursions, study groups, formal dances, volleyball or basketball tournaments, and even cooking lessons. Most importantly, College Village residents meet new, life-long friends, and enjoy a safe, convenient, and fun residential community. Explore Genesee Community College this spring at one of two Open Houses at any of the seven campus locations, or a Friday visit at the Batavia Campus. You will see the whole campus. Register online at genesee.edu/openhouse or call 1-866-CALL-GCC

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computer science, management, nursing, and many other fields. Apart from their excellent academic experience, SUNYIT students enjoy campus life in highly rated residence halls. The campus’s three residential complexes offer popular amenities and comfortable living in townhouse-style suites. Students themselves have rated their residential experience highly in the last two SUNY student opinion surveys. SUNYIT’s NCAA Division III athletics include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball; men’s baseball; and women’s softball. Division III athletics and intramural offerings are complemented by entertainment, activities and community-building experiences that support and sustain a unique campus culture. Open house programs are held in spring and fall, and individual campus visits can be scheduled online. For more information, visit www.sunyit.edu/admissions.

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“We’re just keeping up with the times,� said high school guidance counselor Mary Lou Ingram. “Most, if not all, colleges are online at this point, not sending us paper applications and encouraging online applications.� “This immediately builds credentials for college, jobs or the military,� said Superintendent Phil D’Angelo. “It’s like a comprehensive planner for them: just another way to make their lives easier.� The new system is a web-based data management system contracted from a private vendor. It is used by high schools across the country. “The reason we took Naviance on is because it is a very progressive program,� Ingram said. Naviance has multiple facets to its program to assist students in various aspects of their high school career college preparation. Beginning in ninth grade, students are encouraged to utilize the resume component of Naviance to keep an electronic inventory of items such as academic and athletic interests, achievements and awards; extra-curricular activities or interests (both in and out of school); and jobs worked. Theoretically, this list would be updated every year, and by the time a student is ready to apply to college or a job they will have all the personal information they need ready and available to them. Students and guidance counselors can also create a “high school profile� that includes student transcripts, teacher recommendations and evaluations. The “family connection� part of Naviance is an interactive database that allows students and their parents to investigate, research, track and plan for college admissions. They can search for colleges by using “interest inventories� such as occupation or career fields, student personality and characteristics, specific curriculum priorities, school size and location. They also can search for local and national college scholarships. While parents are informed of the Naviance system and have access to their child’s account, they cannot input data or manipulate the current information, Ingram said. Similarly, to keep the system secure only students, parents and guidance counselors can access a student’s account using security codes. Last year in Skaneateles, the freshman and sophomore classes were trained in the Naviance system by high school guidance counselors. This year those two classes — now juniors and sophomores — as well as the new freshman class will be shown and trained in the system again, Ingram said. “It’s not a difficult program to use, and the kids adapt to these kinds of programs really easily,� Ingram said. “Really it’s just a matter of reminding them its there.� Every year the students continue on the program is another year they can add new items into their accounts, she said. Also, every year Naviance continues to upgrade its product, on which the guidance counselors are trained, and they can then teach the new or updated techniques to the students. “This really is the wave of the future,� D’Angelo said. Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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Animation program offered at Daemen The new International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA) at Daemen College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation. The ICEA presents a unique opportunity for students pursuing a future in the dynamic animation industry. The program’s mission is to give graduates the tools they need to both succeed in the industry and express their own unique creative visions. “Animators are looking to hire graduates with a higher level of artistic learning.� said Daemen College President Edwin Clausen. Daemen students will be trained as artists and thinkers, and will be able to transfer their creative strengths directly into the field of animation. The ICEA program at Daemen will provide students with specialized technical training in 2D and 3D Animation within a Fine Arts context. “Studios desire students with strong creative problem solving techniques and a powerful authoritative voice. Combined with a focus on fundamentals, both in art and academia, the creative focus trains students to act as professionals in a variety of capacities well after graduation,� said Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, Director of the Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen College. The ICEA program is built around multiple strengths recognized by animation professionals and business leaders. These include: ✓ The combination of the flexibility and breadth of a Liberal Arts program ✓The strong visual skills of a Fine Arts program ✓ The technological opportunities presented by upper level, specialized animation instruction The new Daemen College Academic Director of Animation is Scott Holmes. Holmes is an accomplished animator whose film credits include work on Paul; Hellboy 2; The Lord of the Rings; The Twin Towers; Garfield; and Stuart Little. Moreover, his experience at major animation studios Nickelodeon; Weta Workshop; Double Negative; Sony Pictures Imageworks; and Rhythm and Hues-Los Angeles will add to the industry perspective and industry contacts at the Daemen center, and will work to foster the development of the field within

The International Center for Excellence in Animation program gives graduates the tools they need to both succeed in the industry and express their own unique creative visions. Buffalo. The Tri-Main building in Buffalo houses the ICEA. The renovated 17,000 square foot space on the fifth floor has editing rooms, libraries, studios, and a screening room. The Center encourages students to place themselves within an artistic context, and inspires them to look beyond Western New York to the global artistic community. Its studio spaces, converted from the Tri-Main Center’s industrial past, provide the International Center with a look more similar to a warehouse in New York’s fashionable Meat Packing District than a College academic setting. IBC Digital, an integral partner in the Center, shares facilities, creative projects, and international collaborations with Daemen. Students will benefit from the professional experiences and training garnered through available internships and postgraduate employment opportunities. The partnership provides a necessary experiential component to strengthen technical training, and direct students to the areas of study to which they are best suited. To learn more about the International Center for Excellence in Animation go to icea.daemen. edu. Visit us for a tour of the campus and new ICEA. That’s the best way to really get a “feel� for what Daemen has to offer. Schedule your visit today: 716-839-8225.

At CBA, college preparation begins in junior high when students perform a self-evaluation to determine possible career interests. They select a career to research, then present, actually playing the role to peers, teachers and parents at a Career Fair.

CBA, where college preparation is key Christian Brothers Academy prides itself in its college preparatory education. Since 1900 the school has offered an education, steeped in Catholic, Lasallian values, that is unmatched in Central New York. Brothers Pride abounds in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the performance hall and extends to the real world where CBA graduates excel in their professions and service to their communities. At CBA, college preparation begins in junior high when students perform a self-evaluation to determine possible career interests. They select a career to research, then present, actually playing the role to peers, teachers and parents at a Career Fair. With each grade, CBA students advance their knowledge – of academics certainly, but also their knowledge and awareness of their own personal skills. They develop a strategy for reaching their personal and career goals, with strong support and encouragement from knowledgeable professionals along the way. By the time CBA students reach their senior year, they are well prepared to make their way through the college application process. A college acceptance listing is posted outside of the guidance office in late fall. When the acceptances start coming in, counselors post the student’s name and college. It is a popular stop for seniors, of course, but also serves as an inspiration for the

underclassmen, striving to get to the same point. Come spring, seniors have some choices to make from among an impressive list of acceptances. So far, members of the CBA Class of 2012 have been accepted at Cornell, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Boston College, Syracuse University, University of South Carolina, Le Moyne College, Villanova, University of Pittsburg, St. John’s University, University of Rochester, Berklee School of Music, Drexel, Tulane, Penn State, Northeastern University, Duquesne, University at St. Andrews - Scotland, Stonybrook, St. Lawrence University, Hamilton, Seton Hall, Marquette, Loyola, SUNY Geneseo, Bentley, Howard University, Manhattan College, Norwich, University of Connecticut, Providence, Johns Hopkins, Fordham, University of Tennessee, Michigan State, St. John Fisher, Fairfield, Marist, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Pace, St. Josephs and more. For a dozen years running, 100 percent of CBA seniors have been accepted into great colleges and universities such as those listed above. They have gone on to graduate school, professional careers, or serving our country all over the world. We congratulate them and express our sense of pride in their accomplishments. For information on Christian Brothers Academy, call 446-5960 or visit cbasyracuse.org

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Training up-to-date with new, green technology The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 43, have been performing the highest quality electrical construction for Central New York for over 100 years and hope to continue the trend for another 100, with a focus on entering the green workforce. IBEW works together with the National Electrical Contractors Association to provide training and services for qualified electrical workers in the area, according to Training Director Peter Dulcich. Only the most skilled electricians are employed by both organizations so people know they

are getting quality. Electricians must have completed at least 10,000 hours of experience or classroom training to be accepted into IBEW/NECA. “We also have our five-year apprenticeship program,” said Dulcich. “We provide the highest quality training based on the newest techniques and technologies.” The apprenticeship program is open to anyone who is at least 17 years old and has completed high school. The program changes when the NECA says that new skills are necessary, but it is not dependent on yearly construction jobs, according to

Dulcich. The program is designed to prepare electricians to be qualified and up to date in the long term, he said. “We do keep up with new technologies and keep up with being green and training both apprentices and journey-level electricians new, green technology and wiring methods,” Dulcich said. “These methods include solar energy, wind energy and lighting controls. There are national certifications for lighting controls, solar and wind power that we achieve through training.” IBEW Local 43 Membership De- Pictured are solar panels being installed by IBEW/NECA electricians at the Baker Labs Building at

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SUNY Oswego makes list of ‘Best Value Colleges’

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has been a key associate at the WorkKeys® Center since 2000. Prior to her current position, she was a Registered Nurse and has used that experience to work with students shaping their career aspirations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from the School of Education, Syracuse University. University College of Syracuse University provides access and support to students studying part-time at Syracuse University. It administers continuing education programs to a wide range of constituents seeking professional and workforce development, community engagement and knowledge, and ongoing intellectual discovery. For more information about the TEDCenter, call 443-5241 or visit the website at uc.syr. edu/TEDCenter.

view cites the college’s unique Oswego Guarantee, which promises undergraduates that their on-campus room and board costs will not increase during their four years of study. “We do all we can to help make this experience affordable for students,” said Mark Humbert, Oswego’s director of financial aid. “We really are committed to that.” The profile praises the college situated on the shore of Lake Ontario for its “picturesque setting” along with its “strong honors program,” “excellent study-abroad options,” and “wonderful connection to alumni” who help students find their way into careers. Dan Griffin of Oswego’s Admissions Office

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needy families. The students collected more than 1,000 boxes of Jell-o. Another special activity BASCOL students participated in was “The Ride for Missing Children” through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Soule Road Elementary location was one of the final stops for more than 100 bikers who took part in this event. BASCOL children cheered on the bikers and made signs for the event. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, BASCOL will be holding open houses at all 13 locations. Families are welcome to come and visit and see what makes BASCOL such a great place for kids. Visitors will have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of BASCOL’s exciting summer program “Passport to Adventure.” It offers fun-filled themed weeks, field trips, guest speakers and quality programming to keep kids busy and happy all summer long. BASCOL will also be doing a summer reading program entitled, “Reading Adventure,” to encourage reading. Katelyn Calkins, a student at the Willowfield BASCOL site, said, “I would have never met my best friend if it wasn’t for BASCOL!” Devon Hassett, another student at Willowfield BASCOL, said, “BASCOL is a place where you make new friends and have fun all at the same time!” Is your child a BASCOL kid? Call 622-4815 for more information or visit bascol.org for more information.

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academically best undergraduate institutions. Oswego is one of 15 New York colleges on the list including seven SUNY institutions: four of the public university system’s doctoral-granting campuses and two other master’s level colleges like Oswego -- Geneseo and New Paltz. Celebrating its 150th anniversary during this academic year, Oswego offers more than 100 programs of study in its four academic units ‑ the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, and the School of Education. The Princeton Review is a Massachusetts-based education services company known for its college rankings. SUNY Oswego has appeared in every edition of the company’s “The Best Northeastern Colleges,” and Oswego’s School of Business appears each year in its “Best Business Schools.”

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velopment Coordinator Alan Marzullo agreed that the program gives apprentices the expertise to “turn America green.” “I believe that green jobs equal good jobs,” said Marzullo, who has taught for 17 years at IBEW’s training center. “We offer a career path with unlimited potential and competency that leads to true craftsmanship.” The IBEW/NECA local workforce is part of a drug-free workforce. Apprentices work under the direct supervision of certified electricians and receive both on-the-job training and classroom training, said Dulcich. Journey-level electricians that complete the apprenticeship program as well as apprentices in the training program are given a certification card that they always carry on them, said Dulcich. This is how a customer will know that they are getting the highest quality service. Some of the local landmarks that have been completed by IBEW are Syracuse University’s Center of Excellence, recent additions to St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Upstate. If you would like more information about the apprenticeship program or a certified electrician, please visit cnyjatc.org. You can also contact IBEW at 315-546-0221. They are located at 4566 Waterhouse Road in Clay.

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Many models will be featured at the CNY RV show, March 1-4 at the NYS Fairgrounds.

This summer, go exploring, camping in beautiful NYS

CNY RV Show comes to the Fairgrounds March 1-4 rates – through all the banks at the show.” Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, the RV Dealers Association of Syracuse and the Campground Owners of New York, the show, which takes place from 12 to 9 p.m. Thursday March 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, will occupy three buildings at the Fairgrounds: the Americraft Center of Progress, the Toyota Exhibit Center and the Horticultural Building. Oot said one building

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Mutually owned by you our members, lending decisions that are made locally, and personal customer service, all attributes of Seneca Federal, proudly serving the Central New York community for 84 years. To achieve this milestone, Seneca Federal has been fortunate to have a dedicated staff of employees and officers, who understand the importance of knowing their customers and providing them with the best possible service. To further promote Seneca Federal in the communities in which it serves, Seneca Federal opened its doors to local business owners and customers with “meet and greet” after hour gatherings at all three branch locations. Seneca Federal also continued its participation and contribution to various community events and programs such as the “Go Red for Women” campaign; fund raising walks for the American Cancer Society and Paige’s Butterfly run; sponsorship of the Baldwinsville Schools scholarship fund; and other local charities to numerous to list here. With little change in the national economy, which is still experiencing high unemployment rates and a flat interest rate environment, to sustain long-term viability Seneca Federal has continued to build liquidity and monitor and control interest rate risk. Growth in capital continues to remain a focus of Management and all employees continue to seek ways to improve efficiency and reduce expenses. Consolidated capital, as of December 31, 2011 is a very healthy balance of $10.6 million. In remaining true to Seneca Federal’s charter of fostering homeownership, $13 million in residential mortgage loans were originated in 2011. Seneca Federal continued participation in the Onondaga

Seneca Federal Savings President-CEO Katrina M. Russo, left, and Wendy K. Bodnar, EVP-CFO. County Community Development (OCCD) for the Home Ownership Program. The Board of Directors approved 12 $1,000 grants in 2011, 8 of which were used, to qualified low-income households. In September 2011, Seneca Federal requested to participate in OCCD’s Rehabilitation Program, offering improvement loans to qualified low to moderate income households at a quarter percent discount from typical interest rates. Seneca Federal also participates in the Federal Home Loan Bank’s First Home Club Program. In 2011, two loans were approved through this program to first time home buyers. As a proactive measure, Seneca Federal added additional Visa debit card security features to prevent customers from becoming a victim of debit card fraud, at no additional cost to our customers. These new features, along with ongoing employee and customer education, represent Seneca Federal’s commitment to customer information security. Late in 2011, Seneca Federal began its working relationship with its new Federal regulator, Office of

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Leave a Legacy: Making a difference in the lives that follow Over 80 non-profits in the Central New York area, from Auburn to Utica, have banded together to share resources and spread the word about how simple it is to leave a gift to your favorite charity through your will. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our message is a simple one,â&#x20AC;? says Laurie Walker, director of development for Eldercare Foundation and steering committee member of Leave a Legacy of Central New York. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every individual who has been charitable in their lifetime can be equally charitable in their will or estate plans. It is a very easy process, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be a millionaire to make an impact.â&#x20AC;? Leave a Legacy is an educational campaign conducted by the National Committee on Planned Giving to inspire people to make charitable bequests. Bequests are just one type of â&#x20AC;&#x153;planned giftâ&#x20AC;? (a gift that will be distributed sometime in the future to a charity that is meaningful to you). Through the Leave a Legacy campaigns, people who have made charitable bequests and other types of planned gifts share their stories in the hope of encouraging others to give

in a similar way. Leave a Legacy of Central New York involves all types of local nonprofit groups, including social service and arts organizations, hospitals and educational institutions. The program is financially supported by sponsors including: Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Central New York Community Foundation, Strategic Financial Services, LLC, United Way of Central New York, WCNY, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Central New York Chapter, The Rosamond Gifford Foundation, and the Planned Giving Council of Upstate New York. Leave a Legacy of Central New York does not solicit gifts for any particular organization. Instead, they encourage individuals to support their favorite charity or charities. Walker understands the importance of this message. In 2010, the Eldercare Foundation became the beneficiary of a major gift from one of its founding members. The donor, a long-time advocate for eldercare services, included the Eldercare Foundation and three

other not-for-profit organizations in his will, leaving a portion of his estate to each. As the fundraising arm of Home Aides of Central New York, the Eldercare Foundation works to support the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to recruit, train, and retain home health aides. The Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission was particularly close to the donorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart, as he had been the direct recipient of its services. His wife, who suffered from Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, was a long-term client of Home Aides of Central New York. Walker said the donor sought help from the agency after realizing that caring for his wife was too difficult to do on his own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He tried to care for her at first, but the time and physical tasks became too much for him, so he called us for help,â&#x20AC;? she said. While it was a difficult time for him, his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aides provided him with the support system he needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our mission became understandably close to his heart. He supported us as a charitable organization with his time and money,â&#x20AC;? Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, even after his death, his commitment to our cause lives on through his legacy gift.â&#x20AC;?

RV show will have only closeouts and preowned RVs . â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good variety,â&#x20AC;? Oot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just new.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the seven dealers selling new and pre-owned models as well as some parts and accessories, there will be booths from area campgrounds and other businesses that support the RVing industry. You can also see camping demonstrations and get information on resorts and other destinations. Tickets for the RV show are $9 for age 16 and up; kids 16 and under get in free and receive a free Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Camping Meal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As far as special pricing goes, on Thursday, tickets are half-price, and Friday through Sunday, you can get $2 off your ticket by going to our Web site at cnyrvshow.com,â&#x20AC;? Oot said. In addition, if you attend the

The Eldercare Foundation received a bequest in 2010 from a long time client and board member of the organization. The gift will be used to support the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission of caring for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elders by giving them the support they need to live at home with dignity and independence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, many people think that you have to give away a million dollars to make a difference,â&#x20AC;? says Walker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But a gift of any size will make a difference, and help change someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life for the better.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit leavealegacyofCNY.org.

From page 9 show Thursday, you can come back any day for free. Free shuttles will take visitors to and from the parking lot and between buildings. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be on hand to greet visitors, help on the shuttles and give demonstrations. Oot said about 15,000 people attend the show every year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday is the busiest day,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thursday and Friday tend to be a little slower, especially during the day, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great time to come and kind of peruse what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got, especially with the half-price tickets on Thursday.â&#x20AC;? Oot also encouraged families to check out the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;RVing is a great way to go, especially with the family, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just over the weekends or for a big vacation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In New York alone, there are hundreds

of campgrounds, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to the Adirondacks or really anywhere in the state.â&#x20AC;? The same is true throughout the nation, with more than 16,000 campgrounds throughout the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pretty much any destination youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a campground nearby, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a private campground or one of the state-run ones,â&#x20AC;? Oot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The same is true throughout the country. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to Disney. They have a campground along with their hotels. Every resort has a campground. You can bring your own things, sleep in your own bed, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

no airport delays or cancelled flights.â&#x20AC;? RVing also provides a good bonding experience for the family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The great thing about RVing in terms of the family is that it kind of forces you to be together,â&#x20AC;? Oot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as many distractions and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not all going in different directions. Throughout the trip each day and for the vacation itself, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re spending time together, from the morning until the campfire at night.â&#x20AC;? For more information on the CNY RV Show visit cnyrvshow. com.

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The Eldercare Foundation received a bequest in 2010 from a long time client and board member of the organization. The gift will be used to support the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission of caring for our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elders by giving them the support they need to live at home with dignity and independence.

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The Comptroller of the Currency, as their merger with the Office of Thrift Supervision was completed in July. Seneca Federal recognizes the challenges ahead to meet the extensive regulatory changes brought forth by state and federal agencies. To better assist and inform customers and noncustomers, in 2012, Seneca Federal will continue to focus on education and training of its employees. Financial Quest, Inc., Seneca Federalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wholly owned subsidiary, continues to offer various nontraditional products to its clientele, providing additional investment options to maximize return without FDIC insurance. Financial Questâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance in 2011 contributed to Seneca Federalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s net earnings for the year amid various economic uncertainties. On behalf of our Directors, Officers and Employees, we wish to thank all of our members who have remained loyal customers of Seneca Federal. Please remember to communicate any comments or suggestions to us, your input is important.

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Karl Lutz Monuments: Quality craftsmanship since 1932 By Brian Smith “They don’t make things like they used to” is an all-too-common phrase uttered today, whether discussing products manufactured on American soil or abroad. If your thoughts fall in line with the above sentiment, consider Karl Lutz Monument Company, Inc. a business that has bucked that trend, instead exhibiting exceptional quality and craftsmanship, as it has since 1932 in the Eastwood section of Syracuse. “My grandfather, the first Karl Lutz, came here from Germany in 1927 and opened the business in 1932, where we still are today. The store today was actually my grandfather’s home,” said Karl Lutz III, who co-owns the business with his father. The youngest Lutz takes care of the day-to-day operations. “The European craftsmanship has been passed down through each generation, and we do

all of the carving of monuments and markers in our shop out back.” Lutz said his company’s work is in cemeteries throughout Central New York. He encourages families to come to his shop during the selection process, which allows them to have peace of mind while creating a lasting memory for a loved one. “There won’t be any surprises. You pick the color of stone you want and let us know what you want on it,” Lutz said. “We do it ourselves, which helps defray costs of shipping. Once we’ve ordered the stone, there’s also usually a much quicker turnaround than if something has to be sent out.” Lutz’s stone monuments are granite, which he receives from all over the world. In the past, choices were gray or pink, but green, red and blue granite has been discovered relatively recently, allowing for a larger selection. In addition to granite, Lutz said his company works with bronze. Lutz Memorials

serves people of all faiths, has over 200 stones on display and their work is unconditionally guaranteed. Lutz said his company also does its own settings in the cemetery, and is available to wash and repair older stones. “Our focus is meeting all of the needs of a customer during a very tough time,” said Lutz. “We want it to be as smooth as possible on our end.” Keeping in line with the ethos From left are Karl Lutz, Jr., Karl Lutz, Sr., and Phil Lutz. of quality craftsmanship that the are going to come through much better by hand company has put into its work for 80 years, Lutz carving,” he said. “It is how we like to do things.” usually eschews using a computer program to Karl Lutz Monument Company, Inc. is located carve monuments with a laser. Sure, there are at 2718 James St. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. times when he will use the technology, but he Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on prefers his hands, a mallet and a chisel. Saturday. The shop is closed Sundays. For more in“The details on an angel’s face, or a petal of a rose, formation, call -0621, or visit lutzmonuments.com.

Proposed Medicaid recovery regulations change the definition of ‘estate’ In an effort to seek further reimbursement for Medicaid expenses incurred during a recipient’s lifetime, New York passed a law in the 2011 budget regarding estate recovery from Medicaid recipients. Emergency regulations implementing the law were adopted on September 8, 2011. By their nature, those regulations expired ninety (90) days after their issuance.

However, new after the death of a Medicaid recipiregulations have been proposed ent, and reducing by the New York what the appointed State Department beneficiaries are of Health, which if eligible to receive. adopted, will affect Before the law estates of persons In New York dying on or after State since 1994, July 1, 2012. These only the Medicaid Longstreet regulations comrecipient’s probate pletely redefine the meaning or intestate estate was subject to of “estate” by expanding the recovery by Medicaid. number and types of assets from A probate estate consists which New York State can collect of assets passing by virtue of a

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estates of the individual and/or the individual’s spouse, retirement accounts and annuities. With the inclusion of life estates in the proposed regulations, interests in real property would be sought for recovery by Medicaid. The value of one’s life estate would be determined immediately before the recipient’s death based on the actuarial life expectancy of the recipient or the recipient’s spouse. Those Medicaid recipients or their spouses who have turned over their property through a deed with retained life use to specified beneficiaries, including their children, would likely be affected by the proposed regulations. Along with the changes for recoveries against life estates, the proposed regulations would allow recovery from interests in revocable and irrevocable trusts. While the grantor of a revocable trust may modify or terminate the trust at any time, the grantor of an irrevocable trust effectively forfeits ownership of the property and assets transferred to the trust. Under the proposed regulations, assets and accrued income in a revocable trust would be recovered at death by Medicaid. Any trust income placed in an irrevocable trust rather than distributed to the Medicaid recipient during his or her lifetime would also be eligible for recovery if that income was directed to be paid to the recipient pursuant to the terms of the trust. Additionally, the proposed

regulations provide for recovery from the recipient’s retirement accounts and annuities. The proposed regulations would apply to those Medicaid recipients who die on or after July 1, 2012. Any recovery for property transfers, joint property, trusts, retirement accounts, annuities or deeds with retained life use will be governed by the new regulation if passed as currently proposed. It should also be noted that Senator Kemp Hannon has introduced legislation to fully repeal the expanded estate recovery provisions enacted in the 2011 state budget. If this proposed legislation passes, the regulations described above would not be adopted.

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Governor Cuomo, in revealing his recent 2012 budget has proposed eliminating spousal refusal. Currently the spouse of a Medicaid applicant can refuse to make his or her assets and/ or income available to the Medicaid applicant. Under those circumstances, the Medicaid applicant continues to be eligible for Medicaid. If Governor Cuomo’s budget bill passes, this would no longer be the case. Ami Setright Longstreet is a trusts and estates and elder law attorney, and partner at the law firm of Mackenzie Hughes LLP in Syracuse, New York. She can be reached at 315-233-8263 or at alongstreet@mackenziehughes. com.

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Auto Insure Direct, Archer make insurance process painless By Brian Smith It’s much easier to stumble upon a car insurance commercial on television today than it is to avoid one. The over-abundance of ads may leave consumers wondering what makes one company a better fit for them than another. Enter Susan Hyrnyk, president of Auto Insure Direct and Archer Agency, partnered independent agencies located in Syracuse, with fully licensed agents ready to help consumers sort things out. Hyrnyk’s companies represent 22 different insurers of autos, homes, recreational vehicles and general liability. The companies’ large roster of agencies ensure Auto Insure Direct and Archer will secure the most competitive rate possible. And being local means an actual person will pick up the phone when you call. “We’re as personal as you want us to be,” said Hyrnyk. “We can do auto insurance over the phone, by email, by fax or person-to-person. What’s great is that if there is a problem or you have questions, we are close by and ready to help.” The upward results and growth of Hyrnyk’s companies exhibit their success. Auto Insure Direct began in 2001 strictly as an auto insurance broker. Today, they service the insurance needs of homeowners and small commercial accounts. “If we can take care of as many insurance needs for the consumer as possible, great,” Hyrnyk said. “Bundling services has certainly helped us grow Auto Insure.” And while the ascension of Auto Insure Direct has been impressive, what Hyrnyk and her team have done at Archer is astounding. Since acquiring the company in 2010, they’ve quadrupled sales, even pleasantly surprising Hyrnyk, who has been selling insurance for nearly three decades. “The jump was due to word of mouth and great referrals, which we like to think our service and hard work finding the best rates has something to do with,” she said. “When it comes to insurance for the consumer, it’s not something they are looking forward to buying, but it’s something they need. It’s our job to make it seamless, quick and enjoyable as possible.” Auto Insure Direct is located at 1301 Burnet Ave., and Archer Agency is at 805 South Geddes St. For more information, call 463-1990.

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