Third job fair on campus draws 700 prospective employees and employers

October 13, 2010

More than 700 prospective employees and employers came together under one roof at the third annual Alle-Kiski Job Fair on Oct. 7 in the Athletics Center at Penn State New Kensington. A record 57 regional companies 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.

"There really are good jobs out there and this event helps people find these opportunities," said Jim Shields, career services coordinator at the New Kensington campus and a member of the committee that organized the fair. "I had many employers tell me what a good day they had talking to good candidates and scheduling interviews for their positions."

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 Pennsylvania CareerLink of Alle-Kiski.

"I'm very pleased that we are able to provide this service to the community and to Penn State students and graduates,' Shields said. "Through this continued partnership with the CareerLink, we are able to help connect employers and job seekers in this region."

The next job fair is sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Career Services (WESTPACS) Association College Job and Internship Fair and is set for Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa. Recruiters from a wide variety of industries, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations will attend. The fair is geared toward fall 2010 and spring 2011 graduates and recent alumni with program certificates and degrees in all majors.

"Job seekers will be able to discuss current openings and network with employers hiring in more than 22 career fields," said Shields. "It is the premier job fair for college students and graduates in Western Pennsylvania.”

Sponsored by the WestPACS Consortium of 44 colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania, the job fair is open to students and graduates from two- and four-year degree programs. Pre-registration is available at online.

For more on career services at Penn State New Kensington, visit online.


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Last Updated October 14, 2010