Career fair draws crowd at Bay
ESCANABA — Area job-seekers networked with dozens of employers during Bay College’s annual career fair in Escanaba Wednesday.
Bay College Registrar Becky Landenberger said the event has become an annual occurrence at the college.
“This is the third year we’ve had it here on our campus,” she said.
This year’s career fair was marked by an increase in participating employers, Landenberger noted.
“(There’s) a lot more businesses than last year,” she said. For 2018, about 37 employers had a presence at Bay’s Escanaba career fair.
One employer attending the career fair for the first time was Verso Corporation.
“We are excited about the opportunity to hire local students for our engineering positions, both internships and full-time,” said Pamla Lauscher, communications leader for Verso’s Escanaba mill.
Lauscher also noted turnout seemed to be strong at the career fair.
“I am very impressed with the turnout, both by companies and students,” she said.
Delta County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) Deputy James McDonough was pleased with the amount of career fair attendees for 2018, as well.
“We’ve had a few people stop by the booth … showing some interest,” he said.
The DCSD had equipment used by the sheriff’s department on display, including a ballistic shield, a thermal imager, and a Shocknife. Additionally, K-9 “Jet” made an appearance.
“Obviously, a K-9 is always a good community relations tool,” McDonough said.
Anna Wulf, a part-time online student of Bay College, said she liked attending the career fair.
“I’ve really enjoyed it — I’ve gotten to talk to a lot of friendly people,” Wulf said.
Wulf said she was particularly glad the event gave her a chance to explore a variety of career opportunities in the area.
“(I’m) kind of keeping an open mind to it,” she said.
Melissa Bollenbach, an Escanaba resident who recently graduated from Bay, said she appreciated the possibilities created by the career fair.
“I’ve been trying to find employment here in the area,” she said.
She said the event was ideal for networking with potential employers.
“I brought a stack of resumes … so I’ve been able to hand those out to employers,” Bollenbach said.
According to Landenberger, about half of the career fair’s attendees came in groups.
“They’ll come down in … either a class group or a friend group,” she said.
She added an increased number of career fair attendees came from outside Bay College this year.
“We have a lot more community members that came,” she said. She said this is something she hopes to expand on in the future.
Among the community members at the college for this event Wednesday was Nathan Sundling. Sundling is currently a high school junior in Rapid River.
“I like … coming around and looking at all the jobs that are available,” he said.
Sundling said he was happy to be able to ask employers about job opportunities.
“I ask questions and learn about everything,” he said.
A career fair will also take place at Bay College’s Iron Mountain campus from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. CST today. For more information, visit www.baycollege.edu/careerfair.