The faculty and students of the Human Services, Education, and Early Childhood Education programs at Washington County Community College have collaborated to plan a job fair for those fields at the college. The job fair, which is expected to draw between ten and fifteen employers from the area, is planned for May 4th from 11:00 to 12:30 in St. Croix Hall.
This is the first such job fair collaboration of its kind. Human Services program director Elizabeth Sullivan explained that in previous years the programs have invited a few area employers in to give a presentation to students on what is available locally. This year, Sullivan and Education program director Linda Levesque opted to try a new tactic.
“We were talking about a way we could let folks know about job opportunities that were specific and in-demand,” said Sullivan. “We were able to partner the two fields together and bring the students in at the same time.”
Students in the Human Services internship class as well as those in the Management, Professional, and Personal Development in Early Childhood Education class have assisted in each phase of the job fair, including planning, contacting employers, and developing promotional posters. “It helps students practice skills that they’ll use in the field,” said Sullivan, explaining that students benefit from hands-on experience with planning and coordinating events and reaching out to other professionals.
Information on the Human Services, Education, and Early Childhood Education programs will also be available at the job fair for those who are interested.