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Jobs Fair To Showcase Opportunities For Students

April 2, 2003

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 2, 2003 -- Getting a job after college graduation requires extra effort in today’s economy. Students and graduates of area colleges will have a chance to come face to face with businesses and school systems that could become their employers on Wednesday, April 9, at Springfield College. The Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS) will hold its annual Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Blake Arena, and the New England Association for Employment in Education (NEAEE) will conduct its annual Western Massachusetts “Gearing Up for the Educator Job Search” program from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Marsh Memorial.

About 50 area businesses and 19 Massachusetts and Connecticut school systems will be on hand to discuss their work environment, as well as jobs or internships. Among the businesses will be Baystate Health System, Center for Human Development, Connecticut Dept. of Children and Families, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hartford Hospital, Key Program, Inc., Lojeri Productions, Massachusetts Recreation & Park Association, MassMutual Financial Group, Mercy Medical Center, Rehabilitative Resources, Inc., The Children’s Study Home, The May Institute, USDA Rural Development, Vermont State Police, and Walgreens.

The events are open free of charge to students and graduates of CCGS institutions, which are American International College, Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Westfield State College, and Western New England College.

According to Barbara Kautz, director of career services at Springfield College, “Students and college graduates seeking employment or re-training need to be extremely tenacious, resourceful, and open minded. These two programs will place candidates in the midst of those who are hiring, and also should help them evaluate options and determine if their perceptions are valid. It will be a major reality check.”

At the educator job search program, a panel of school administrators will share tips on how to make a good impression and successfully manage a job search, and also will meet potential job applicants. Panelists will include Kevin McCaskill, principal of the William N. DeBerry Elementary School; Susan Mulvaney, principal of the Holyoke Magnet Middle School for the Arts; Tom Duffy, principal of Enfield High School; and Jan Skolnick, director of human resources for the Simsbury Public Schools.

The 2003 NEAEE “ Outstanding Educator Award” recipient, Cheryll O’Connor, will be introduced. O’Connor will graduate this May from the Springfield College School of Human Services. She is currently completing her practicum in the West Springfield, Massachusetts public school system and will be licensed in elementary education.

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