You might call it the “Silver Jobilee.”
It is the 25th annual Grossmont College Career Week, that kicked off with
Career Expo, one of the oldest job fairs hosted by a community college in
San Diego County, Oct. 20.
The Expo attracted nearly 100 employers and exhibitors from industry, and
hundreds of high school students, to the very busy, still-under-construction
Main Quad between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Career Expo was followed by Career Week, a daily series of workshops,
demonstrations and lectures, carrying through Oct. 23.
“We point to the 25-year tradition of Career Week with great pride,” said
Grossmont President Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr. “We are committed to providing
students and community members the opportunity to explore the widest range
of career options possible and to enhancing our links with business and
industry, as well as the high school district.
High school juniors and seniors by the hundreds arrived in buses for the
opening Expo event for a chance to speak with representatives from scores of
industries and agencies.
“There’s a continuous effort on the part of staff to bring new employers
every year to the Career Expo,” said Nancy Davis, Student Development
Services Supervisor and Career Week organizer for the past 10 years. “As
soon as we hear about a new business or agency that’s hiring, we’re on the
phone with them.”
Davis said she anticipated between 2,500 and 3,000 career fair participants.
“Despite the overall economy being so questionable, San Diego still is
looking good because of the variety of economic clusters in the region,”
Davis said. “The hospitality industry is still one of the biggest
money-makers in the county.”
Keynote speaker for the week-long event was Monica Zech, radio personality
and public information officer for the El Cajon Fire Department.
Other Career Week activities included a first-ever International Business
Day on Oct. 21, featuring representatives of the San Diego World Trade
Center, the Western Maquiladora Assn., the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, import/export employers, and Grossmont College international
business and foreign language programs.