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Career Fair Focuses on Employment Options, Internships, and Mentoring

A winter career fair was held at the Martinsville Campus on Tuesday, February 4th.  The ten businesses and organizations participating included the Virginia Employment Commission, Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Spartan Staffing, U.S. Army, YMCA, Blue Ridge Rehab Center, the Martinsville Speedway, Virginia Glass, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville/Henry County, and ANU Online representatives.
Terri Hairston, a graduate and an employee of the YMCA, was present to provide information to students about the Reach & Rise Mentoring Program.  Students attending the job fair were interested in learning how volunteering for this specific program can be used as valuable work experience.  Terri said that students were receptive to working with youth in the community for the next Reach & Rise Mentoring training.

 “[The event] was a success, well-attended, and I look forward to reviewing the résumés we received,” said Renee Hash of Spartan Staffing in Martinsville.  “I enjoyed meeting with one of your students, Kristin Clark, and I am sure I walked away with a few great candidates.  I am looking forward to meeting formally with them.”

Student Freddie Daniels was asked to assist at the sign-in table to answer general questions from visitors and to provide details on the location of employer representatives attending the event.  Freddie described his participation as “an honor as well as a privilege.”  Freddie said he was also able to visit the employers in attendance and that he was interested in an opportunity at Martinsville Speedway/Americrown, which was offering a paid internship program.

A-Terri Hairston of the YMCA (l), speaks with a prospect for the Reach & Rise Mentoring program.

B-Student Freddie Daniels greeted students as they entered the recent job fair at the Martinsville Campus.




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