Job fair on campus draws many prospective employees and employers

More than 600 prospective employees and employers were looking for the right fit Oct. 3 at the sixth annual Alle-Kiski Job Fair at Penn State New Kensington.

Sixty local, regional and national companies with a total of 110 representatives were on hand to interview local job seekers and to provide career options for current students and recent graduates, as well as those in the community who were seeking a change in vocation.

"Once again we had the opportunity to provide the community with the chance to meet local employers who are hiring," said Jim Shields, career services coordinator at the New Kensington campus and a member of the committee that organized the fair. "There are jobs out there, and I think it’s great the campus can play a role in meeting the needs of the community."

The event featured full- and part-time employment, internships and co-op opportunities, both regionally and nationally. Employment opportunities were available in a variety of fields, including health care, finance, retail and manufacturing. The job fair was sponsored by Penn State New Kensington and the Pennsylvania CareerLink of Alle-Kiski.

Brianna Williams, a senior communications major at the campus, met with numerous representatives to talk about a variety of positions in her field of study. Getting her workforce credentials in front of prospective employers was the first step of her job hunt.

“There were many booths that applied to my major,” said Williams, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in December. “I gave out several resumes to many different employers and am remaining hopeful.”

For more about other job fairs and career services at the New Kensington campus, contact Shields at 724-334-6065 or via email or visit

(Public Relations intern Chelsea Markle contributed to the story.)

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Last Updated October 16, 2013