SOUTHINGTON – Visitors to Lincoln College of New England Thursday had the opportunity to meet with representatives of more than 30 area businesses and organizations and apply for open positions.
The fair, which was co-sponsored by the Southington Chamber of Commerce, was open to both students and the general public. Visitors went from table to table, speaking to employers about what work was available and then dropped off resumes for consideration. Jen Rahusen, director of career services at Lincoln College, said that each employer had come with positions that needed to be filled.
John Northrop, of Randstad, a Farmington-based employment and recruiting agency, said that he had already filled two open positions an hour into the career fair.
“I met two people and sent them to meet with my partner,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get them started on the job Monday. There was great turn out today and a lot of great people.”
Alyssa Catania, daughter of Plainville Police Chief Matthew Catania, was looking for opportunities to further her career goals as an occupational therapy assistant.
“I looked into Hartford HealthCare and CCARC,” she said. “I focused mostly on health care and clinical employers to see what was available under that umbrella. This was a good opportunity.”
Rob Brown, an alumni of the college, said that he was “absolutely astounded” by the turnout from employers.
“I decided to come back and see if I could get my foot in the door,” he said. “I decided to check out the Naugatuck police department since I live close by and I also stopped at CarMax.”
Laura Campbell, a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and veteran who served as an Army Combat Medic from Aug. 2006 to Aug. 2014, said she was looking into different healthcare employers.
“I spoke to Litchfield Woods and I already have an interview with Hartford HealthCare,” she said. “This has been a very successful event.”
Sergio Munoz, a student who said that he is also working in human services, said that he looked into the New Britain Police Department since he lives close by.
“They did a good job putting this event together,” he said. “There are a lot of employers here and it is definitely a big opportunity for younger folks to take part in this. It also offers a lot of choices and paths for older folks too.”
Alexa Pascual, an occupational therapy assistant at Lincoln College of New England, said that the career fair was “a good way to see what is out there for after we graduate.”
The following businesses and organizations participated: Adelbrook, Area Wide Protective, Aspen Dental, Army National Guard, Avon Police Department, Bristol Hospital & Health Care Group, Burris Logistics, Carefree Home Pros, CarMax, CCARC, Connecticut State Police, CT Funeral Directors Association, Favarh Arc of the Farmington Valley, Goodwill of S.N.E., Hartford HealthCare, Hartford HealthCare Independence At Home, Litchfield Woods Health Care, Manchester Funeral Home, Naugatuck Police Department, New Britain Police Department, New Opportunities of Greater Meriden, NY State Police Department, Plantsville Funeral Home, Randstad, Securitas Security Services, USA, The Arc of Southington, United States Army/Army Reserve, UPS, Verizon Wireless, Walgreen Distribution Center, Wheeler Clinic and YMCA of Greater Hartford.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.