Penn College Students in Demand at Career Fair

A projected promising national employment outlook for the Class of 2017 proved to be the reality for Pennsylvania College of Technology students at the school’s recent Career Fair.

More than 230 employers, a record for the Spring Career Fair, visited campus, offering approximately 2,500 jobs and internships to Penn College students. The employers included 17 Fortune 500 companies.

“In my 10 years of managing the Career Fair, the message from employers hasn’t changed. They need graduates with real-world technical skills,” said Erin S. Shultz, coordinator of career development. “Even when the economy dips, our students remain in demand, as we offer recession-proof technology majors. With the current favorable job market, I wasn’t surprised that we had such a high number of employers on campus.”

Among the alumni industry representatives at Penn College’s Spring Career Fair is Flex-Cell Precision Inc.’s Brian C. Kohler (second from right) who earned a manufacturing engineering technology degree in 2003.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2017 survey, employers plan on hiring 5.8 percent more new graduates than last year for U.S. operations. Over half of surveyed employers rated the job market as “good,” and nearly 30 percent assigned it a “very good” rating.

Shultz said construction management, welding, manufacturing, plastics, heavy construction equipment technology, diesel technology and building automation majors were most in demand at the Career Fair. Approximately 1,200 students attended the event.

Schneider Electric, a global energy management and automation corporation, recruited building automation and information technology students at the Career Fair. The company already employs several Penn College graduates.

“We keep coming back because of the quality of students we get,” said Kevin Nealy, service project manager. “The Penn College students come in, they’re aggressive and they’re fast learners. It’s a great program here.”

Larson Design Group, a national architecture, engineering and survey firm based in Williamsport, employs approximately 90 Penn College alumni and hopes to add more.

“The college offers great technical programs,” said Alyssa Rogers, human resources generalist. “With the different programs you offer here, the kids are coming out with great hands-on experience and are able to jump in with little hands-on training. They have a good work ethic. The kids are very impressive; that’s why we continue to come back.”

Randy McCarty, foundation director and director of recruitment for Clark Associates Inc., attended his first Penn College Career Fair. He was recruiting a variety of majors for the Lancaster company devoted to the commercial food service industry.

“The kids who have stopped by have been well-prepared to talk with us. They seem to know where they want to go, what their interests are,” he said. “At other fairs, we have a lot of kids who don’t know what they want to do. Most of them here seem to be pretty much on target. I was really pleased with the students we talked to.”

“It’s gratifying to continually hear from employers how impressed they are with our students’ educational background and professionalism,” Shultz said. “We have high expectations of the students, and if the response from employers is an accurate indication, those expectations are being met.”

As a national leader in applied technology education, Penn College offers more than 100 bachelor’s, associate and certificate majors. For more, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

– Photos by Grace F. Clark, student photographer

Comments – 2 Comments

I was speaking to one of our students in the junior class who was disappointed in the fact that there were no prospective employers, relative to her major, to speak with at the Career Fair. Her major is Gaming and Simulation.

Posted by Alicia Andrews at March 28, 2017 at 8:02 am

Thank you for sharing this student’s experience, Alicia. While Penn College Career Services invites over 6,000 employers to each Career Fair, individual employer circumstances dictate their participation. However, the Penn College Career Fair website shows that there were four companies who attended who specifically listed Information Technology Science–Gaming and Simulation as a major they were recruiting for both full-time and internship positions. If this student didn’t visit any of these employers at the Career Fair, I would encourage them to work with Career Services to develop a letter of introduction and email his or her resume to these employers.

Posted by Shelley Moore, director of career services at March 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm

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