Driving around the Old Westbury campus in a solar-powered Prius, Yvonne Harrison yelled out to students through a bullhorn: "We're the career cab. Steering your career in
the right direction. Would anybody like a ride?"
Some students looked puzzled and turned away. Others hopped in for a ride to class, as well as the chance to be quizzed on issues related to careers, energy and the
It's New York Institute of Technology's answer to the Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab" reality quiz show. And Harrison, associate director of the career services office,
rewarded correct answers not with cash but with raffle tickets for a netbook drawing at Thursday's annual job and internship fair.
Since mid-March, close to 100 students have taken advantage of the cab service, an initiative of Harrison's office and the school's Green Careers Network of students and
Students see it as "something fun on campus that shows a different side of the college than what they normally see. They feel like they're the 'stars' on a show many of them
really enjoy," said Steven R. Maybloom, 44, who's working on his master's in energy management. He's also president of the Green Careers Network, and has served as the
cab's "game show host," trying to get into "my best Wink Martindale persona."
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Among the questions: How do you prepare for a job fair? How do you impress a recruiter? What does the greenhouse effect do? What should you do with old batteries?
Yvette Oloo, 24, waiting for the campus bus to take her to a design class when Harrison beckoned, said the questioning on career and energy best practices was useful. "It
helps you think about things. It puts them in the front of your mind," said Oloo, an architecture major from Kenya, who walked away with six raffle tickets.
Nisanth Abraham, 22, an information technology major, said the experience "creates awareness of the job fair." The only reason he hopped in the cab was because he
recognized Harrison, who had helped him with his resume and mock interviewing.
"There is a positive multiplier effect, a virtuous cycle" to the endeavor, said David Schieren, chief executive of EmPowerSolar, a solar energy firm in Island Park, which is
helping to fund the career cab, as is the school of engineering and computing sciences. Students "become educated consumers," he said. "They educate their friends and
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Congratulations to the Office of Career Services for winning anAlva C. Cooper Award on May 11 from the Metropolitan NewYork
College Career PlanningOfficer's Association.The award, which recognizes best practices in career development, was for NYIT's
career cab at the Job and Internship Fair on the OldWestbury campus. Pictured are (left to right): Jennifer Grauso, chair of the Alva C.
Cooper Award Committee; Charlene DeGregoria, director of career services; Laurie Hollister, associate director of career services;
Yvonne Harrison, associate director of career services; and Steven Maybloom (B.S. '09).