Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Colleges hosting Employer Engagement Event

Local employers from law enforcement, healthcare, manufacturing and more will be sharing information about jobs and careers at a free public event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Grossmont College Main Quad.
The Career Technical Education divisions at Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges are hosting a combined CTE Employer Engagement Event open to the on- and off-campus communities, including job-seekers and those interested in exploring new careers. Employers with job openings, internships, or a desire to reach out to students are welcome to participate. Display tables will be set up, where employers can talk to students, faculty, staff and community members about their business or organization. 

 “We are excited about kicking off this new annual event for employers,” said Javier Ayala, dean of Career Technical Education and Workforce Development at Grossmont College. “It will allow us to engage more closely with employers who hire our graduates.”
Developing closer ties with local employers will increase awareness of the types of workers and job skills that are in demand, event organizers say.

“Many people don’t realize that organizations like the YMCA offer more than careers in childcare and education,” said Leslie Blanchard, a CTE support specialist with the Grossmont College Career Resource Center. “They also have positions in accounting, office administration, driving, human resources, management, marketing, recreation, social services, technical support, and more.”
Blanchard recommends participants to dress professionally, bring a resume and to request an informational interview or an opportunity to job shadow.

“Also, inquire about the career and educational paths of various employers, ask about opportunities to volunteer or intern, and inquire about the culture of the organization or business,” she said.

Local employers expected to attend are: YMCA of San Diego, US Army, Sycuan Casino, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Adult Home Health Care, Mauzy Heating Air & Solar, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National City Police Department, New Horizons Career Development Solutions, Casa De Manana, Volt Workforce Solutions, Higher Learning Academy, Aerotek, Home Instead Senior Care, San Diego Fire and Rescue.

Employers interested in participating should contact Blanchard at (619) 644-7647 or Kate Miller, a CTE specialist at Cuyamaca College at (619) 660-4695. 

 For more information about Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu/

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