Meridian Star

November 4, 2012

School, job opportunities highlighted at annual event

From Staff Reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University-Meridian are hosting their fourth annual College and Job Fair together on Thursday, Nov. 8.

    Scheduled for 3-6 p.m. in MSU-Meridian’s Kahlmus Auditorium, the fair is free to all participants.

    Both college and job seekers will be able to interact with academic officials and area business representatives who have job vacancies.

    During last year’s event more than 200 community residents turned out.

    "This is a unique opportunity for job-seekers to approach the prospect of employment from two different angles," said Dr. Scott Elliott, MCC president. "There will be numerous area employers on hand to acquaint prospective workers with the opportunities available with their respective companies, but, beyond that, Meridian Community College and MSU-Meridian personnel will be eager to tell people about the diverse job-readiness programs we have at our institutions.”

    Regional employers are looking to fill a variety of positions including sales and customer service, IT, graphic design, maintenance/mechanics, communications and logistics, clinical and nonclinical, patient accounts, food service, marketing, industrial, as well as administrative and professional.

    Employers who have already signed up to be at the fair include: Aldersgate, Anytime Fitness, Avon, Best Buy, Clearspan Components, Cracker Barrel, Citizens National Bank, Hol-Mac Corporation, Meridian Coca-Cola, Naval Air Station (Morale, Welfare and Recreation), Meridian Family of Stations, Mississippi Air National Guard, Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Navy Federal Credit Union, N.E.W., New South Communications, One Life America, Peco Foods Inc., Rush Health Systems, Vital Care, Working Solutions and WTOK.

    “There will no doubt be some people who come to the fair with contemporary job skills, ready to go to work. But we're expecting other people who perhaps need additional educational preparation in order to qualify for today's jobs," Elliott said. "MCC, for instance, offers 50 different Career and Technical program options ranging from truck driving to nursing that are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment."

    Those seeking employment should come dressed for success and bring sufficient copies of their resume.

    “MSU-Meridian and MCC share a strong commitment to helping students develop enjoyable lives and productive careers,” said Dr. Steve Brown, dean and associate vice president of MSU-Meridian.

    “Additionally, our institutions recognize and value our vital connection to communities and employers throughout the state and the region. Activities such as the College and Job Fair underscore once again our eagerness to serve the needs of our people, local employers and the surrounding areas.”

    For more information on the College and Job Fair, call MSU-Meridian at (601) 484-0112.