On campus beat: Hopeful signs for colleges' job fair

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 7:27 PM
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Nearly 100 employers are set to attend a job fair Thursday held by eight two-year colleges in the Twin Cities area.

Businesses must have at least one job opening to participate, so this is a good sign.

"We are at max capacity," said Carrie Hageman, career services director for Century College. "We have employers on a waiting list.

"It's encouraging, given that when the economy is tough, businesses often cut recruitment."

The two-year colleges, part of the public Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, are teaming up to give their students access to private and public employers, from General Mills to Hennepin County. In total, they have more than 200 job openings, in areas including health care and education.

Participants can take part in 20-minute breakout sessions on interviewing skills and résumé tips.

The "Community and Technical Transfer & Job Fair," as it's called, will also offer information on transferring to a four-year university.

The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free and open to students and alumni of Normandale College, Anoka Technical College, Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Hennepin Technical College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, St. Paul College and Inver Hills Community College.

Even those who graduated years ago are invited to attend, Hageman said.

This year's fair is bigger than last year's, which was held by just five metro-area community and technical colleges.

Last year's fair was "the first try," Hageman said.

In search of a bigger space, they've set Thursday's event at Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota.

Several schools -- including Century, in White Bear Lake, and Normandale, in Bloomington -- are offering shuttles to the campus.

More than 800 students are expected to attend. Registration is required. To register online, visit mnscufair.org.

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168

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