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Graduates share plans after getting their degree from YSU

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As students graduate, Youngstown State University's Interim Provost says the university is preparing them so they are able to find opportunities for a good paying job here in the region.

Joseph Mosca said, "We have a wide array of graduate and undergraduate programs. Some of our big programs include a masters in counseling, business administration, social work, and advanced degrees in nursing. We have a couple of doctoral programs in education and additive manufacturing. There are obviously a lot of opportunities in professional areas, whether it be engineering, teaching, business, accounting, finance, manufacturing, and health care fields. The loss of jobs by GM if that happens might have an impact on some engineering or finance jobs, but I don't believe it will have a massive impact on whether students plan on staying here or leaving the region."

He and Dr. Marc Malandro believe the groundwork has been laid to help offset the impact of a loss of jobs.

Malandro is a graduate of YSU and vice president of operations for Science at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative California, which is working to cure or manage all diseases presently known in 81 years.

Malandro said, "With things now like the Youngstown Incubator, Mahoning Valley Innovation Center, the works going on at YSU, it's poised for the next generation of jobs. The manufacturing jobs that left when I was a kid are being replaced with some really interesting opportunities for students. I believe there are growing opportunities will be there, but they just won't look like they did in the past."

YSU President Jim Tressel presented Melandro with an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater. 

The student commencement speaker Alexander Bonnette from Brookfield, who graduated with a bachelors in electrical engineering, works as a full time as a Controls Engineer at AUTOParkit, LLC. Bonnette works with a team of engineers to develop the logic behind the company's proprietary automated parking garages. He is just one example of a local YSU graduate who has found a great job with a local company.

Several students in this graduating class of 2018 told 21 News they already have jobs.

Dante Spurio who received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration said, "I plan on staying local and I do have a job with Hill, Barth, and King when I graduate. The reason I am staying is because my friends and family are here and I want to stay in the area.

Lindsey Torasky, who also graduated from the Williamson College of Business added, "My goal is to stay around the community, just so I can stay close to family and stay active in the community. My major was in marketing and sales."

Ryan Tunison said, "Right now I'm working in my field of finance so I do believe there are opportunities here. My future is open to wherever I find the opportunity that is going to fit me the best."

Jasmine Smith who graduated with a Bachelor's of Science said, "I'm in nursing and I do plan on moving out of town. I believe there are opportunities here but I want to go to Georgia down south. I have a lot of family there, and as a nurse practitioner I plan on starting my own clinic."

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