Paving the road to success for students is an everyday occurrence at Harford Community College and an Allied Health Career Fair on April 22 in Darlington Hall, the College's new Nursing and Allied Health Building, brought job opportunities to students.
It was the first time the career fair was held as a partnership between Continuing Education & Training Allied Health Programs and the degree program-oriented Nursing and Allied Health Professions Division.
More than 50 individuals from area health care facilities and the college participated in the event. Recruiters brought information about job openings for all positions available at their facilities. The event included students who had previously participated in Allied Health programs; many attendees left with a scheduled interview.
"Although Continuing Education schedules a career fair every semester for the Nursing Assistant Program, this was our first attempt to include job placement services that encompassed the entire spectrum of entry-level healthcare careers," explained Kathy Archer, director for continuing education and training allied health programs at HCC. "In addition to nursing, postings included employment opportunities in pharmacy, medical office, environmental services, dining services, transport and public safety. During the planning phase of the next event, the recruiters who expressed an interest will be included."
Anna Berglowe-Lynch, coordinator for career services at HCC, gave presentations throughout the event on resume writing, interviewing skills and dressing for success. A mock interview between a recruiter and a student was one of the highlights. Students who completed a card showing that they visited with each recruiter were eligible for door prizes, which were donated by Home Instead Senior Care, Homewatch Caregivers, Katherine's Keepers, Right at Home, Tribute Home Care and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center.
The next Allied Health Career Fair will be in July during Harford Community College's summer session.