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26th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at BSC Attracts 327 Job Seekers and 74 Employers and Recruiters

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    Tuesday, June 10 2014
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Terry Webb (back to camera) Engineering Manager at Fuji Electric in Roanoke, VAtalks to BSC faculty member Dr. Robert Riggins (center) and an interested participant in the recent Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College.    Senior Trooper Kris S. Chapman (right) of the Virginia State Police talks about career opportunities with an interested participant in the recent Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College.

(Bluefield)—Recruiters and employers from 74 organizations spoke to 327 job and information seekers during the 26th Annual Spring Employment & Recruitment Fair at Bluefield State College recently. The event was hosted by BSC and served Bluefield State College students and alumni, as well as students and graduates from American National University, Bluefield College, Concord University, New River Community and Technical College, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Valley College, and Wytheville Community College along with several residents from the region.

"This year's event attracted a large contingent of job seekers, as well as a sizeable group 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 Fair brings employment networking 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 future prospective employers." The 2014 Fair also saw a welcome increase in the number of graduate and professional schools that attended and provided admissions information for candidates seeking advanced degrees.

Each attendee taking part in the Employment & Recruitment 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. Also, for the first time BSC students approaching graduation could meet with representatives from the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, and the Campus Corner Bookstore who were on hand to provide valuable information and services.

Harrison observed that several former students who met with prospective employers at prior Fairs returned this year in the role of recruiters for the organizations with which they are now employed. "This year's event will be remembered as one of the best we've ever hosted at Bluefield State College, and it has set the bar very high for next year's Employment & Recruitment Fair, which will take place on Wednesday, April 1, 2015."
He also expressed special appreciation to all the individuals that are vital to the success of this annual event. "Many people worked many long hours together to make this project happen," he said.