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21st Annual Spring Job Fair at BSC Attracts More Than 320 Job Seekers and 61 Employers (w/photo)

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    Friday, April 10 2009
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

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(Bluefield)—Recruiters from 61 employers spoke to 324 current and former students during the 21st annual Spring Job Fair at Bluefield State College, April 8. The event is a collaborative project involving BSC, Concord University, Bluefield College, New River Community and Technical College (NRCTC), Southwest Virginia Community College, and Wytheville Community College. It is designed to provide an opportunity for students, recent graduates, and other individuals pursuing career interests to meet and discuss options with potential future employers.

"This year’s event attracted a great number of job seekers, as well as the large number of employers and recruiters, and that’s particularly encouraging because of the challenges faced by business and industry in today’s economy,” noted Tom Harrison, BSC’s Director of Career Services. “The Job Fair brings employment opportunities to students approaching graduation, along with recent graduates. It also provides a laboratory-type learning experience for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who get to meet and talk to prospective employers."

Each student taking part in the Job Fair received a vendors’ map, noting the location of each recruiting organization, as well as the academic areas of emphasis sought by each recruiting organization.

Harrison observed that approximately a dozen students who met with prospective employers at prior Job Fairs returned this year in the role of recruiters for the organizations with which they are now employed. He also expressed special appreciation to each collaborating institution for its assistance. “Many people worked together to make this event happen,” he said.