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Career camp returns

Posted: July 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 10, 2012 1:55 a.m.

CareerCampSCV is being hosted again this year Saturday at College of the Canyons from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The free event helps people focus on building their careers. Participants have access to career-topic seminars, ad hoc presentations and breakout sessions to help them explore options.

Billed as a hybrid “conference/un-conference,” CareerCampSCV differs from other career-oriented events, however, because attendees determine the subjects for the ad hoc presentations that they believe will be of the greatest value for them personally.

Seminar topics may include interviews, skill evaluations, business etiquette, resumes, marketing planning and more.

Attendees can come to simply listen and learn or they may choose to get more involved and lead a discussion in their own area of expertise, said Anthony Michaelides, director of the COC Career Center.

Inspiration for creating the event came from four business professionals tired of hearing bad news about the employment market during the recession, said Mitch Krayton, co-chair with Michaelides.

The idea for the event was inspired by Krayton, Michaelides, Risa Rosenthal and Douglas Welch who created CareerCamp SCV to help local residents.

Welch, when he took an idea from the high-tech world of business, applied it to the needs of career builders.

Rather than wait for the government to solve the problem of unemployment or under-employment, the foursome decided they were “the government;” that everyday people had to help bail Americans out of the mess, Krayton said in an interview for last year’s event.

Holding the event at COC fits the mission of the college’s University Center, Michaelides said.

“We want to reach out to adults in our community for career support, especially candidates for our four year and post graduate degree programs,” he said.

Due to limited space, people are encouraged to register for the event at




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