The Meskwaki Higher Education Program hosted their annual College and Career Fair at the Meskwaki Veteran’s Memorial Convention Center on Tuesday, April 2nd. Several colleges, area employers, and Tribal Operations Departments were on hand to speak to students and job seekers about potential career opportunities.
The Meskwaki College and Career Fair began in the Spring of 2017. The event is designed to help the community and young people learn about different occupations and the kind of education it may take to obtain a variety of positions. We help those interested in employment to ask questions of potential employers and to get a better understanding of the processes involved in interviews in order to become gainfully employed. We also partner with Iowa Works from Marshalltown, an organization that helps job seekers and employers get matched up at their offices. They have a good pulse on businesses in the area who are looking for employees. The combination of employers and educational institutions helps people to see the connections between education and a career path. This year, we had anticipated only 41 vendors but more came on the day of the event, for a total of 54 vendors. We also had about 150 people attend the event.
Following this year’s event, one of the things we learned from a participant was that they were told to “go online” to apply for a job. Knowing that this might not be as simple as it sounds, the Iowa Works staff and the Higher Education Department talked about offering computer kiosks available for anyone desiring to apply online at the Fair. This will be an added feature next year, so that people interested in work can keep moving forward to meet their goals.
Businesses thoroughly enjoy coming to this event. Neysa Hartzel from Iowa Works reports that the businesses who come to this event look forward to it every year. They are treated very well and enjoy the atmosphere that MBCH provides. They also appreciate getting to know one another throughout the day.