As the economy continues to improve, more opportunities are coming to students on the Las Positas College Campus. With the estimated annual cost of attendance at over $17,000 for independent students, an improving economy sounds like Aretha Franklin singing, to those into old school music.
That tone might get an added snare and a new school tone on Friday, when over 60 employers come to the LPC campus for a job fair. The list of employers ranges from big box retail companies, to others like PG&E and the city of Livermore.
The fair is supported by a collaboration of organizations like the State Employment Development Department and others. Todd Steffan, LPC’s Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits Specialist, was one integral member in bringing the fair to LPC’s 9,000 students.
“Having our veterans connected with great employers is a primary goal,” Steffan said. “I am hopeful that many LPC students can either build their network of employment contacts, or get hired, getting into great careers immediately after attending this job fair.”
The fair is not exclusive to veterans, and all employers in attendance will be actively hiring. With the holiday season coming into play, it could be a great time to earn some extra money or even that employee discount at the Nike or Under Armour Outlet.
Some students aware of the fair are excited, especially for potential financial security.
“It’s awesome. I would really want to work for a company that has a good track record,” LPC student Nate Nelson said. “If I get in with a good employer then I’ll have some good security for a while. Extra money is always good and a store discount is the best kind of incentive.”
The fair will also include a LinkedIn workshop, helping students build a strong online resume, as well as general networking opportunities.
For the veterans around the campus, this fair could be an important opportunity, according to Steffan.
“We had over 350 veterans in attendance last spring, but I am expecting an increase because of the military downsizing,” Steffan said. “More are going to school, using the VA benefits.”
The fair begins at 9 a.m. on Friday Sept. 27 and lasts until 12:30 p.m., at the LPC Physical Education complex.