Employers, CCCC students meet at Career Fair
Tonia Jones (left), of Angier, and David Saldy, of Erwin, Medical Office Administration students at ... (more)
Central Carolina Community College student Porsha Cooke (right), of Sanford, speaks with Liberty HomeCare ... (more)
SANFORD - Porsha Cooke, of Sanford, will graduate from Central Carolina Community College in May with an AAS in Medical Office Administration. She had one word for the college's March 13 Career Fair: "Great!"
Cooke was among several hundred CCCC students who visited the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center to talk to prospective employers. About 70 businesses, organizations, law enforcement, military, and government agencies manned tables filled with promotional items about themselves. As students came by, the potential employers discussed why they were a great place to work and listened as the students talked about what they could bring to the workplace.
"This is a good event because it gives people the opportunity to come out and see what companies are offering," Cooke said.
One of those with whom Cooke spoke was Emily Petty, of Siler City, who works at Liberty HomeCare and Hospice. Petty graduated from CCCC in 2012 with a degree in Medical Office Administration and had returned to recruit more graduates for her employer.
"I interned with Liberty while at CCCC and ended up working for them," Petty said.
"This Career Fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to talk."
The Career Fair was sponsored by the college's Career Center. The Center works with students to solve problems and develop realistic goals associated with career choices and educational planning. It also offers career assessments and exploration.
"The Career Fair is a great opportunity," said Mary Parker, Career Services coordinator. "The employers and students are able to link together to talk about starting rewarding careers."
Ashley Worley, of Angier, is a registered veterinary technician and works for Johnston Animal Hospital. She graduated from CCCC's Veterinary Medical Technology program in 2010 and was back helping to recruit more employees for the business. David Saldy, of Erwin, who will graduate with his degree in Medical Office Administration in May, stopped to speak with Worley and Valerie Price, the hospital's office manager.
"I love the Career Fair," Saldy said. "Even though a company may not be hiring someone with my training, they are still willing to talk with you and give you advice on how to get your foot in the door."
Several university representatives were also on hand to talk to the students about opportunities for transferring to a four-year institution once they completed their studies at CCCC. Lee Early College students Austin Dowdy, Nicky Quinones and David Delacruz were there both to check out the institutions and to speak to the employer vendors about what skills they are looking for.
Lee Early College is a collaboration of Lee County Schools and Central Carolina Community College. A student can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree within five years.
"I like the Career Fair," said Dowdy. "It is very organized and there aren't just local companies and schools here. I think it's very helpful for people getting their degrees from CCCC as well as for Lee Early College students looking at future careers."
For more information about the services CCCC's Career Center offers, call 919-718-7396 or go to www.cccc.edu/careercenter.
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