OC Annual Job Fair reaches out to all ages
Mar 07, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Odessans and students of all ages turned out for the 2013 Annual Job Fair at Odessa College Thursday.
"I like that it gives you another perspective on jobs out there," OC digital filmmaking freshman Kelli Puetz, 19, said.
Jayson Hill, 21, attended a job fair in Midland and decided to check out the opportunities available at the OC job fair.
"I like that the jobs are all in one place for the fairs," Hill said.
"I enjoy doing these types of fairs," Texas Department of Criminal Justice Maj. Greg Jeter said. "It's a good time. It lets us explain to people what we do and show our public service and then it gives us the opportunity to let people who don't know about us find out."
Jeter said he doesn't know exactly how many people they end up hiring from the job fairs but that it depends largely on the economy.
"It lets you meet different people and tell them what we actually do instead of what they hear and what they think it's about," Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officer Michelle Perez said. "We work there and we know what it's like, so you don't get that bad misconception like you do on TV."
About 25 eighth grade students from Alamo Junior High School in Midland stopped by the fair while on their OC tour.
"We tell them what the process is like to get into college and encourage them by telling them if they go to school then their options for finding jobs are going to be endless," OC outreach coordinator Gloria Hearne said.
"We're here as part of a college readiness program and the job fair being here today is just a bonus," Alamo counselor Cindy Sykes said.
Alamo eighth grade student Janeri Bustamante, 13, said the tour was encouraging because she hopes to be the first in her family to attend college.
"It's just really cool to tour the college and the job fair," Bustamante, an aspiring crime scene investigator, said.
Alamo eighth grader John Paz, 14, said he was excited the job fair happened to be during their tour because it gave him the opportunity to see potential future jobs.
"It's really cool because you get to learn how to better prepare for college," Paz said.
--Contact Michelle Brownstone on twitter at @OAcitylife or on Facebook at OA Michelle Brownstone or call 432-333-7782.
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