Waterbury, Conn. - Employers, you should be at NVCC’S Annual Career Fair on March 25! NVCC averages more than 800 graduates a year (2011-2013) in over 100 disciplines, and the Career Fair is your opportunity to meet with these students one-on-one and educate them about career opportunities at your organization.
“NVCC students and graduates are well-qualified and motivated to work,” says Mary Ann Fontaine, director of NVCC’s Job Placement Center. “Our goal is to be the first and last place employers need to look to recruit new employees.”
According to NVCC’s Final Report 2010-2013, approximately 40% of NVCC’s awards offer education in response to high-demand career areas in our region. Although most NVCC graduates are awarded degrees in General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences, which prepare them to continue on to four-year colleges, an increasing number of students are obtaining degrees that immediately prepare them for employment in high-demand careers.
Between 2010 and 2013, Business awards increased by 20% and Information Technology awards increased by 69%. The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) opened in the fall of 2012 and awarded 110 manufacturing certificates in 2012-2013. Even with enrollment limited in Allied Health programs, the number of awards increased by 4% to 128 awards.
Expanding the College’s role in job placement, the JPC was established in 2011 to support students as they begin thinking about career experience and work placements. The Center currently operates in both Waterbury and Danbury and provides resume writing and interviewing workshops, targeted and open recruitment opportunities and industry-specific speaker panels in fields like hospitality, information technology, and finance.
This week, six employers from the JPC Advisory Board will conduct mock interviews with 24 students on campus. In April, students will head to Mohegan Sun for a “behind the scenes” tour of the company’s varied operations.
“We really try to keep things relevant and interesting, not only to the benefit of our students but also to employers,” explains Fontaine. “Because of the direction of our 2013-2016 strategic plan, we are working college-wide to build partnerships with businesses and strengthen job placement offerings and services, including one-to-one mentoring, workshop offerings and expanded internship/cooperative education experiences. We really want our students to be ready for what’s trending in the workplace 5-10 years out."
Employers who are interested in representation at this year’s Job and Career Fair have until March 14 to register. More information is available here.