Proof of the success of the Cecil County School of Technology's Job Fair wasn’t difficult to recognize.
Several of the employers at the Wednesday, October 16 event were represented for former CCST students.
Alli Lovenstein, a 2008 graduate of CCST and Perryville High, came to the job fair on behalf of her employer, Blue Iris Spa and Salon of Elkton. Lovenstein, who was looking for hairstylists, said Blue Iris has had success with other CCST grads.
Lovenstein's boss, Jen Truitt, is also a CCST product.
Mike Hadden, a 2012 CCST graduate in the Natural Resources program, works as a maintenance technician at Elk Neck State Park.
He credits the job fair for playing a big role in helping him land his current job.
Hadden applied online but said meeting with state park presenters last year helped him get his foot in the door.
Jennifer Bird, a school counselor, began the job fair six years ago and coordinates the event.
"We are very excited to have 40 employers here," Bird said Wednesday morning. "We have employers from Maryland,
Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The students bring resumés and dress for success."
CCST students have landed full- and part-time jobs and internships through the job fair.
"It's a great experience for students to have the chance to meet face-to-face with employers," Bird said.
The job fair keeps getting bigger. There were 11 new employers present Wednesday. "It keeps building by word of mouth," said Bird.
Employers are asked to fill out an evaluation to help Bird improve the job fair.
Students are instructed to have two or three questions ready.
Andrew Davis and William Coolbaugh from Bohemia Manor were visiting the Artesian Water Company table.
"I am enjoying this," Davis said. "I definitely think this will help me get a job."
Allied Health students Anastasia Kingston and Gabrielle Dove of Elkton were enjoying the experience.
"This is the first time I've been to a job fair," said Kingston, who is happy with her job at a nursing home but had the opportunity to see what other positions are available.
Dustin Coulbourne of Rising Sun, an HVAC and Plumbing student, said he found an employer at the job fair that interests him.
Michael Anderson of Rising Sun said the job fair "gets your name out there". He added that bringing employers to the school allows potential employers to get a glimpse of what kind of training the students have had.