Cal College students, employers connect at job fair

2013-03-26T20:00:00Z 2013-03-26T20:58:26Z Cal College students, employers connect at job fairMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 26, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

The eighth annual Career Fair at Calumet College of St. Joseph was meant to open doors for hopeful students and employers alike.

Some 20 employers set up tables Tuesday to provide information on internships, job opportunities and volunteering. Vendors included AmeriCorps, Citizens Financial, Lake County Sheriff’s Department and Radio One Communications.

Andrew Kepchar, of Merrillville, a junior in the general studies program at Calumet College, was among those who came looking for information.

“I like Horseshoe (Casino) because of the money,” he joked, as he picked up information on a Horseshoe Casino internship that pays $10 an hour.

Junior Felipe Rivera filled out a preliminary internship application with Social Media and IT Services of Gary, an online advertising agency that provides social media services for corporate accounts.

Rivera is a business major who doesn’t yet know what career path to take, but figures some training in social media can’t hurt.

“I’m already on it, I check Facebook every day,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to learn more.”

The career followed a week of workshops for roughly 70 Calumet College students who polished their resumes and engaged in mock interviews, said Amy Comparon, director of academic support services.

The career fair has always attracted law enforcement entities because of the college's strong criminal justice program, she said.

Ron Hudson, deputy chief U.S. probation/pretrial services officer, was at the fair to provide information on internships in probation and at the U.S. District Court. An intern might work with a probation officer or in the clerk’s office.

“We try to participate in every (career) event that comes up (in the area),” Hudson said.

Daniel Kudrna, regional sales coordinator for Aflac, was looking for a few good people with some great people skills. Aflac currently has employment and internship opportunities in sales and marketing.

“With the changes in health care (law) coming up, we’re going to be pretty busy,” Kudrna said.

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