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The Times
  • HCCC career fair draws students, alumni

  • Herkimer County Community College hosted its annual career fair with over 60 local and regional businesses on site to discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities with students, alumni and community members on Thursday afternoon.

    The event was sponsored by the HCCC Career Center, Human Resources Department and Faculty-Student Association.

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  • Herkimer County Community College hosted its annual career fair with over 60 local and regional businesses on site to discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities with students, alumni and community members on Thursday afternoon.
    The event was sponsored by the HCCC Career Center, Human Resources Department and Faculty-Student Association.
    Career counselor Susan Paddock said the fair is a great event for everyone to find out information about what careers are available. “Our objective through the career fair is to help students get in touch with employers. It also makes for great practice interviews and it’s a positive way to transition into the work force,” she said.
    Staff Sergeant Jeff Carpenter was on site as a recruiter for the U.S. Army.
    “We’re here to recruit students for active military and Army Reserves,” he said. “Through previous career fairs we have had quite a few students sign up for a career in the Army. Once a student has signed up we process them and find them job opportunities working in a career field of their choice.”
    Jeremy Marizan, a second year liberal arts student at HCCC, found a career opportunity at the U.S. Army recruiting table.
    “I’m interested in a career in the Army because they have an unlimited amount of opportunities available and they have a wide field of options,” he said.
    HCCC second year student Brittany Landry, of Herkimer, said it’s been hard finding a job. “I’m studying fine arts and I’d really like to peruse a career in the art industry, but it’s been tough trying to find something to start from. I’m going to check out the tables and see what jobs are available and I’m just hoping I can find something,” she said.
    Kelly Services is a staffing agency in Utica and offers its services to the Mohawk Valley.
    “Our job is to match talent with customers to try to find the right fit for the employee and employer,” said Cindy Paige, Kelly Services partners staffing supervisor.
    “We act as a consultant for interested employers and we’re a free service for employees. Kelly Services is a great way for employees to get their foot in the door,” she added.
    Shannon Brooker, a HCCC second year social science student, said she is looking into taking a civil service exam to peruse a career in social work.
    “I really like talking to people and helping them, and by working as a counselor I could work to help people everyday,” said Brooker.
    Tammy Packard, an Oneida County civil service representative, said the civil service exam can be tough, but it’s a good way to get into a career. “It is competitive since applicants have to take a test, but if they score high enough they could be chosen for the position or placed on file for consideration in the future,” she said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Prizes were available to those who showed a meaningful interest to the businesses at the fair.
    Assistant Director of Student Activities LeAnn Pratt said the students that go up to each table and are perceived as a good candidate by the employers could receive a ticket. “For every ticket the students earn their chances of winning a prize become greater,” she said.
    Prizes included books, clothing, gift baskets and more donated by career fair employers.

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