ESCANABA - Bay College will be hosting a career fair this January, and though it's still in the planning stages, organizers are hoping for a great turnout.
Annette Johnson, career and academic advisor at Bay, said the career fair will be held Jan. 31 in the Joseph Heirman University Center part of campus, in conjunction with Michigan Works! and veterans' employment specialists. Though times are still being finalized, Johnson said she expects the fair will last for approximately two hours and will also include some informational workshops for students the morning of the job fair.
This is the first time in several years that Bay will host a career fair. The college previously alternated hosting the Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair with Northern Michigan University, when Bay still had a career services department. The Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair is still held at NMU.
"Our students have been going up there for their annual career fair and a couple other ones have been offered in the area, but we wanted to have one here," she said. "So, I've been kind of working towards that and we're just going to dive in and do it this year."
According to Johnson, organizers are hoping to keep the costs down for employers to encourage them to participate in Bay College's job fair, so they do not plan to charge employers for a table like many career fairs do. The hope is to have a variety of employers present representing a variety of Bay's programs.
"The one thing that we're going to focus on is going to be our occupational programs, which are associate of applied science programs," noted Johnson. This includes a long list of programs, such as law enforcement, two-year business degrees, nursing, water resource management, computer network systems and security, early childhood care and education, and marketing/small business, to name just a few.
Johnson said Bay College is hoping for approximately 30 to 50 employers to be present during the job fair. The hope is to also invite some outside parties to conduct 45 minute to one-hour long informational breakout sessions on the morning of the fair. Some ideas organizers have discussed include a session on employment opportunities and services available for veterans, manager training program opportunities in the area, or utilizing social media when searching for jobs.
Johnson said the career fair will give Bay students an opportunity to participate in these services close to home without having to travel to Marquette or other parts of the U.P. to take advantage of them.
She said that in her nearly four years in her current position at Bay College, she has received many calls from employers asking the college to provide career fair services.
"It was just something that prompted me and pushed me to go ahead and try this out this year, just because our employers are asking for it," she said.
Further details will be available as the fair gets closer, but for more information, contact Johnson at Bay College by calling (906) 217-4033, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.