Stanly Community College (SCC) held its annual Career Fair on Tuesday, March 22, in the Webb Student Center located on the Albemarle campus. Students and alumni were able to connect with dozens of local businesses and organizations that participated in this year’s event.
Lori Poplin, Human Resources Manager, Stanley Engineered Fastening, noted, “This is our second year attending the SCC Career Fair. We have sent many employees to SCC for training in the past and we are currently working with the NCWorks Customized Training Director regarding a pre-apprenticeship program.”
Jerry Thao, who is an Advertising and Graphic Design student that will be graduating in May, was able to attend the fair and said that he is thankful for the opportunity to network with so many different employers and have the chance to show them his digital portfolio. “It was good to be able to speak with employers face-to-face,” he said.
Marcus Pryor, Assistant Dean of Students and Career Placement for the College, has been preparing for the Career Fair for several months and was thrilled to see the turn-out this year. “I want to thank the businesses and organizations that were able to participate this year. Many students took advantage of this opportunity and were able to learn more about the full-time employment, internships, and even summer jobs that are available in Stanly County and beyond.”
According to a report from Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce, Six Million Missing Jobs, the recovery of the Great Recession continues. The report explains that nearly half of the 3 million missing jobs would have gone to people with at least some college education, and “jobs held by workers with a high school diploma or less have been hit the hardest, with 3.4 million missing jobs.”
Jerry Thao, Advertising and Graphic Design student discusses employment opportunities with Lori Poplin, Human Resources Manager and Lindsey Tool, Senior Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, both from Stanley Engineered Fastening.