Dean John Groover (left) chats with Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler (right) at Career Fair 2013 at Ogeechee Technical College.
Career Fair 2013 at Ogeechee Technical College was a great success, according to Larry Bowen, the College’s Career Services Coordinator. With 80 employers and hundreds of attendees, Ogeechee Tech’s Occupational Studies Building was crowded as hopeful job-seekers met with various companies and organizations who were seeking qualified applicants.
A joint effort of Ogeechee Tech, the Georgia Department of Labor, and the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, the event is held annually at the College, but this year was special because Georgia Commissioner of Labor, Mark Butler, was on hand to visit while the fair was in progress. After spending time with Ogeechee Tech’s local board of directors and administration early in the day, Commissioner Butler took a tour of the College campus, and stopped in at the Career Fair.
According to the Department of Labor’s website, the organization’s mission is:
To work with public and private partners in building a workforce system that contributes to Georgia's economic prosperity. We will accomplish this by creating opportunities and providing services that:
- Assist individuals to attain their work goals and increase self-sufficiency through employment, training, comprehensive rehabilitation, and support services, and
- Assist employers to meet their business needs through employee recruitment and selection services, workforce information, and technical support.
“One of Ogeechee Tech’s goals is much the same as the Department of Labor’s,” said College President, Dr. Dawn Cartee. “We strive to educate and train our students, so that as graduates they may find jobs, and to provide the workforce our local businesses and industries need.” Commissioner Butler agreed, and while addressing the College’s Board of Directors, said, “Education is vital to supplying the workforce that is needed in Georgia. The Technical College System of Georgia is a key player in doing that.”
Fred Hill, who is on Ogeechee Tech’s Board of Directors and who was representing the Sack Company at the Career Fair agreed with Commissioner Butler. “The chances of having an employee be successful, is improved greatly when they come to us with appropriate education and training,” said Hill.
Commissioner Butler was impressed by the number of programs offered at Ogeechee Tech, and was particularly interested in some of the more unique programs such as Funeral Service Education, and Radiology PACS (Picture Archiving Communications Specialist). “The Commissioner was very interested in our programs, and wanted to learn more about many of the academic disciplines offered at Ogeechee Tech,” said John Groover, Academic Affairs Dean at the College.
“Many job seekers came with resumes in hand, ready to share those with potential employers,” said Bowen. “This is a great way for applicants to meet face to face with potential employers all in one place, and is also a way for employers to see a large number of prospective employees at once.”
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