The computer technology students from the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers, at Orleans/Niagara BOCES, visited Seneca One Tower in downtown Buffalo.
The skyscraper was formerly One HSBC Center. It is currently owned by Douglas Development, which has turned the iconic building into a mixed-use space for residents of the city to work, live and play.
The classes of Jeff Brown (Niagara Career and Technical Education Center) and Paul Herrmann (Orleans Career and Technical Education Center) enjoyed learning about the history of the building and careers at the M&T Tech Hub. The students also had a chance to get a 360-degree view from the 37th floor of the building, where their tour guide pointed out the Queen City’s landmarks and the brand-new build in Buffalo called “61 Terrace,” also known as the “Doughnut Hole Project.”
At the M&T Tech Hub, the students got a chance to discuss the benefits of working at the company with several of the employees. M&T is hiring over 1,000 technologists at the Tech Hub alone. It will be hiring 500 technologists in close proximity along the Innovation Corridor at the Lafayette Court Building.
Students also toured the facility to see how a technology team keeps data safe. Kris Meier, the director of threat analysis and information protection (cybersecurity), gave a presentation and answered all the students’ questions. The students were impressed with the technology and the modern layout of the space – along with the arcade provided to employees to blow off steam and relax during their breaks.
The students got a chance to see the Tech Academy – the region’s first – where they company will upskill and reskill employees at M&T and other regional companies, and provide technology skills training to the community. The WNY Tech Skills Initiative will provide up to 3,000 community members with access to free tech and digital skills training to those who are 18 and up. Students, who are of age, have an opportunity to participate in some virtual tech skills training such as data analysis, digital marketing, UX Design and intro to coding.
Herrmann said, “I thought this was a great experience for our students. Some of the students have never been to downtown Buffalo, so it was a real treat. The students had a great opportunity to see real job environments and ask questions regarding those jobs. We are very grateful to Seneca One for hosting us and look forward to bringing other students to the facility in the future.”