High School students, community members and SUNY Canton Students met with prospective employers at SUNY Canton’s Career Fair.
The Office of Career Services offers the fair each semester as an opportunity for current students, alumni, and community members to meet with recruiters and potentially find a new career. This was the first year that the college invited high school students to the fair, to demonstrate what careers can come following a SUNY Canton education, according to Director of Career Services David Norenberg.
“The response was overwhelmingly positive,” Norenberg said, as he watched a throng of high school seniors move from employer to employer. “Many of the employers said that they were excited by the turnout, especially recruiters in the health fields.”
Over 50 employers attended the career fair to recruit students in SUNY Canton’s career-driven programs. Companies who continually recruit from the college, including the high-tech Novelis aluminum manufacturing company in Oswego and Cives Steel in Gouverneur were joined by relative newcomers including Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Latham, and Cannon Design in Grand Island.
“I think students can really benefit from the career and internship options available through the fair,” said Emily Volckmann, a Veterinary Technician at Shaker Veterinary Hospital and 2005 SUNY Canton Graduate.
Volckmann got her job after her senior-level internship with Shaker Veterinary.
Canton Director of Economic Development Linda McQuinn was also available to speak with students about starting their own businesses straight out of college. She is following up with a business plan and financial planning workshop for students and community members who spoke with her at the fair.