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Vol State prepares for annual career fair

Last updated on April 26, 2016

By: Aundrea Paredes, Contributing Writer

Volunteer State Community College will host its annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 20. The event will be located in the Pickel Field House gymnasium from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This event is free and lunch services will be provided.

According to Dr. Rick Parrent, Director of Career Services and Community Engagement and coordinator of the Spring Career Fair, there will be an estimated 170 employers set up not only for students but also the community.

While some of the employers will offer part-time, full-time, and seasonal opportunities other employers will offer internship opportunities.

“Every kind of a career focus you could imagine like the city government and military will be present, GAP, ServPro, Healthcare, Sumner Regional Medical Center, Nashville Airport…” said Parrent.

Visit the school website for a complete listing of registered employers.

Dr. Parrent will provide guidance and assistance to Spring Career Fair attendants.

“I will literally help students connect with an agency, organization or whatever to help them begin that conversation,” said Dr. Parrent.

“The most enjoyable part of it all for me is to see the vendors get the quality and the value of the experience, but even more so to see our students begin to develop a career orientation that may lead to future employment, and it certainly leads to a greater sense of personal and professional brand,” said Parrent.

Faculty and staff also attend the Spring Career Fair to get an insight on the employers and the opportunities that are being offered to students and the community.

“Getting to see the people [employers] I have seen here for 20 years,” is the most memorable part of the Spring Job Career Fair for Bob Berry, instructor of computer information systems.

The Vol State radio station, WVCP-FM 88.5, will host a live broadcast throughout the life of the Spring Career Fair. The radio station and volunteers will also host games and activities for those attending the event.

“We have been doing the live career fair broadcast every semester for several years now. Dr. Parrent likes us to promote the career fair ahead of time, do the broadcast, and also try to do a follow up story on it,” said Howard Espravnik, Associate Professor and WVCP Manager.

The live broadcast promotes the Spring Career Fair in an effort to get students and those from the community to visit Vol State and explore career, job, and internship options provided by employers at the event.

“Dr. Parrent has told us that there have been times in which people listening, driving down the highway here, listening to the station and heard there was a career fair and actually turned their car around to come and visit the career fair,” said Espravnik.

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