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Reverse career Fair at MCTEC

Mar. 16—By TARA WYATT

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The Mercer County Technical Education Center took a different approach to a traditional career fair Friday by having grade 12 and adult students showcase their work portfolios and projects to prospective employers.

Local, regional, and state employers met with the students on the MCTEC campus.

The event was organized by Recruitment and Technical Center Facilitator Kimberly Rotenberry and Career Connections Facilitator Jenny Collis in hopes that students will obtain career opportunities, job applications, gain interview skills and receive career advice as they near graduation.

"We're really excited about the turnout," Rotenberry said. "It's important that local employers and businesses know what programs we have because we want to serve the students as well as local and regional state employers that need skilled workers."

Rotenberry also hopes that this program will help companies fill their available positions.

"This gives me an outlook into what I will be doing in the future. I'm going to be an engineer in college to be able to have this experience," senior engineering student Mari Hanlin said. "It just helps everyone get a good grasp on life beforehand."

Amanda Cordle and Robby Leonard of Appalachian Aggregates were invited to see what the students had to offer.

"We came because we have some locations around Princeton, Bluefield, Beckley and we're looking for young talent and to get our name out there, see if anyone is interested," Leonard said.

Practical Nursing Department Adult student Keirsten Dixon appreciates what the event has to offer for upcoming students.

"It's been interesting. I've met some qualified people who could express jobs in the area and outside the area," Dixon said.

Dixon said these events are important due to the lack of job openings in the region.

"It's important to go to these events, especially for the younger students in the future so they can learn about job opportunities in an area that struggles to create work opportunities." Dixon said.

Abigail Ganoe, a senior, encourages other students to participate.

"It's good for seniors to do this because it gives us opportunities to find local jobs especially with the hospital with our programs therapeutic services. A lot of the nursing people from the hospital come in through HR and we have an opportunity to look for a job."

— Contact Tara Wyatt at twyatt@bdtonline.com