HANCEVILLE, ALA. –  Sharon Hester takes online classes through Wallace State Community College. Once she noticed Wednesday’s Job and Career Fair being held on campus – via her Blackboard announcements – Hester made sure to take advantage of the event.

“It’s a great way to get a head start on a potential job and to learn more about what these businesses are looking for. I’ve worked in the hair styling industry for nearly 20 years, and I’m looking for a change and want to find something where I don’t have be planted in one spot and can be a mobile and flexible employee,” said Hester, 38, who has plans to join Wallace State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program.

More than 30 businesses and industry leaders were represented at the 2017 Career Services’ Job and Career Fair held at Wallace State’s School of Nursing and Center for Science conference center. The event was rescheduled to Wednesday after inclement weather canceled the event on April 5.

“This year’s event was our most successful fair since the reboot of the Career Fair in 2013, despite having to reschedule due to the weather. Employers were very pleased with student turnout. This event requires so many people to help make it happen and I am so grateful to the faculty, staff, and students who helped, advertised, and attended,” said Wallace State’s Susan Peek, a Success Coach and Prior Learning Specialist, whose department spearheaded Wednesday’s event.

Brock Echols and Christian Hatchett were also among the students who attended the Job and Career Fair. Both are criminal justice majors from Hayden and each had a specific interest in stopping by the booth set up by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“This is a great event to have on campus. I was excited to know I could come and talk with a game warden. You don’t get many opportunities to do that,” Echols said.

Business and industries represented at the Job and Career Fair were Wal-Mart, Crawford Broadcasting Company, Grandview Medical Center, Noland Health Services – East Glen, Hanceville Nursing and Rehab Center, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Capstone Rural Health Center, Children’s of Alabama, Cullman Regional Medical Center, DCH Health System, Alacare Home Health and Hospice, Marshall Medical Centers, UAB Medicine, St. Vincent’s Health System, The Folsom Center for Rehab and Healthcare, Decatur Morgan Hospital, UNA’s College of Nursing, Huntsville Hospital, Brookwood Baptist Health, Riverview Regional Medical Center, Diversicare – Oneonta, Columbus State University, Cullman Healthcare and Rehab, US Marine Corp, Athens State University, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The University of Alabama – Bama by Distance, US Army, Schulte Building Systems, Inc., Onin Staffing, Structure Medical, LLC, Kamtek, Inc., and HomTex, Inc.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.

Wallace State student Sharon Hester discusses her future and potential jobs available with a Huntsville Hospital representative at Wednesday’s Job and Career Fair held on campus.

Wallace State student Sharon Hester discusses her future and potential jobs available with a Huntsville Hospital representative at Wednesday’s Job and Career Fair held on campus.

 

Wallace State students Brock Echols, left, and Christian Hatchett speak with US Marines’ representative Eduardo Mondragon at the Job and Career Fair.

Wallace State students Brock Echols, left, and Christian Hatchett speak with US Marines’ representative Eduardo Mondragon at the Job and Career Fair.

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