PRCC hosts career fair to provide workforce employment

With graduation just around the corner, thousands of community college students are preparing to enter the workforce.

It’s the annual career fair at Pearl River Community College, a chance for students to network with several businesses and community leaders to see what career opportunities are available. Instructor of Business and Marketing Management Meghan Merritt said, “We are so excited, this is an awesome opportunity to have our academic students and as well as our career and technical education students come and talk to all of our vendors to really just get ready to have some perspective job opportunities.”

There was close to 70 vendors at Pearl River Community College, helping students find their future career paths as they prepare to graduate in May. Electrical Technology Major Jonathan Babiowski said, “Some colleges, when you get done, they’re not too concerned with helping you find a career path to get on, like what job you’re going to take. This school really keeps a hand in that and they really help you.”

As the country continues to bounce back from a labor shortage, recruiters are working hard to keep the best of Mississippi in the state. Public Affairs Manager Michael Needham said, “There are a plethora of jobs in the state. So, by bringing in these employers and these students putting them together, we have a real good shot at keeping Mississippi’s talent in Mississippi.”

Nurse Manager Patrice Donald said, “If our talent continues to venture outside of Mississippi, we lose a huge part of that population and working for the only level one trauma center in Mississippi, we need employees.”

Students were offered jobs and internship opportunities at the fair. “I’ve talked to several students today that have said they went to certain booths and they’ve told them that they have a job opportunity right now or that they have five positions open. This is very successful for our students because they have their resumes, they have the experience that they need, and they can just get on in there and hopefully jump to work as soon as they graduate.”

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