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COC job fair attracts career seekers

Posted: April 24, 2013 5:20 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2013 5:20 p.m.

Hundreds of job-seekers packed the cafeteria at College of the Canyons on Wednesday to meet with almost 70 employers during the school’s spring job and career fair.

Many of the attendees were students, some looking for advancement in careers, others for a way to earn some extra spending money.

COC student Joshua Kistler said he attended the event to see if he can find a job that would further his interest in studying graphics and media design.

“I was curious about it,” Kistler said. “It’s nice to see people willing to hire students.”

Giovanni Cervantes, who is wrapping up his first year at COC, said he was looking for a job that corresponds to his studies in the fields of business and engineering.

“I‘m definitely looking for something that fits my career path,” he said.

But Cervantes said he knew of some people who used the fair to find a way to earn some spending money.

“My friend said he was looking for some cash, so he’s checking out summer jobs,” Cervantes said.

About 1,000 people turned out during the four-hour event, co-sponsored by Signal Multimedia, to talk with the nearly 70 employers, according to Anthony Michaelides, director of career services at COC.

The fair provided a way to meet many prospective employees in a short amount of time, said Glesteree Blades, director of human resources for the Reseda-based organization Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind.

“I’m very pleased with the turnout, I didn’t exactly expect that,” she said.

Michaelides called the crowd “eye-opening.”

COC will also host a job and career fair on May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s Canyon Country campus, 17200 Sierra Highway.
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