RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School Option II students and staff enjoyed an evening of networking with local business owners at a recent Randolph Chamber of Commerce networking event held at M&T Bank in Randolph.

The Chamber hosts monthly meetings and social gathering, which typically bring together members of the Randolph Township Council and community business leaders.  For this months evening networking event, the Chamber invited the students to get a taste of what “business networking” is all about.

Randolph Chamber of Commerce President Lou Nisivoccia spoke briefly to welcome and introduce the Option II students and staff to the chamber after hours’ meeting.

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"Members of the Randolph business community were impressed by the Option II students,” said Nisivoccia, who is also a Randolph High School graduate.  “We look forward to helping the program participants achieve their goals."

M&T Bank hosted and sponsored the evening, providing appetizers and beverages for the over 60 attendees to enjoy.

Randolph High School junior Justin Lawrence, an Option II student, said he was “excited to meet new people at the event, and look for job opportunities in graphic design.” The Option II program lets students earn credits towards graduation in a non-traditional way by getting experience through internships and other unique experiences.

“The students loved the chamber committee meeting, as they were able to talk about their experiences with people who had true interest in what they were doing,” said Ashley Kanya, RHS Option II Coordinator.  “Many were fascinated that these young men and women could pursue something like this in High School in a program like Option II.  These students were able to make contacts and really understand what it means to be a professional.”

Kanya was joined by Nicole Dixon ( Option II Coordinator along with Kanya ) and Jennifer Huey, who is a College and Career Center Counselor at RHS.

The Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce represents the needs of local organizations to the government and the community on business related issues important to our members.  The RACC is a key partner for local organizations, offering business educational programs to help them develop business and foster professional networking opportunities.

The Chamber holds monthly luncheon meetings for members and guests.

For more information on Chamber membership, and what it can provide you or your organization, visit the website at www.randolphchamber.org.