MOUNT JACKSON — Over 50 business representatives and around 130 students attended a two-day career fair held by Triplett Tech on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The businesses encompassed courses of study offered to students at Triplett Tech, most of them enrolled in programs that require two years to complete.
Principal Connie Pangle explained that a majority of the students attending the career fair — all from Central, Mountain View and Strasburg high schools — were in their second year of the school’s programs and plan to graduate this year.
“Some of them have plans to go on to further their education and some of them have plans to go straight to work, and that’s why a lot of these businesses are here looking for students to hire,” Pangle said.
Day one of the career fair consisted of businesses more focused on programs such as culinary arts and health care. A wide variety of other businesses, such as auto body, masonry, carpentry, electricity, and auto tech, were at the forefront of the second day.
The first hour during the career fair allowed students to meet with the various businesses in attendance and learn about some of the career options available after graduation. In the second hour, students had resumes prepared and received the opportunity to interview with some of the employers. Students had the opportunity to choose whom they would like to interview with. Businesses were then given a list of candidates who wanted to interview with them.
Shanna Billhimer, President of Trumbo Electric, an electric contractor located in Broadway, has attended the career fair at Triplett Tech in the past and knows how important this event is to the students.
“We explain what our business is, the area that we service, the opportunities for a career and not just a job,” Billhimer said. “If this is the career path they want to take, we provide them with the training necessary for the job and we try to empower them to go as far as they wish to.”
Strasburg High School Senior Juan Barrera studies auto body technology at Triplett Tech and said that the career fair was a great event full of opportunities for students. “This is a pretty good event for all the students to see what jobs they would be interested in and want to go work for,” Barrera said.
Scott Rector, area superintendent of Rosendin Electric, (an electric contractor in Sterling, was representing the company at the career fair and explained how some of the students don’t know what they want to do after high school. “If you’re going to college, you know what you’re going to study, and you want to go to college. Go to college,” Rector said. “We’re here for the kids that aren’t too sure if they might try to go to school or may want to get a job after school.”
Central High School Junior Brooke Grady studies networking and computer repair at Triplett Tech, and she believes that there are a lot of opportunities out there for students after school. “I think jobs are really available right now. If there is a job out there that you’re interested in, I think you just have to go out there and apply yourself,” said Grady.
On May 5, Triplett Tech will be hosting a signing day that will bring back employers to possibly hire some of the students that they interviewed during the career fair. “Hopefully we’ll have some students that get jobs from this,” Pangle said.