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Spring job fair attendance sets record; students and alumni

April 13, 2012
KOKOMO, Ind. — A record number of nearly 1,500 job seekers attended the Kokomo Area Spring Job Fair, sponsored in part by Indiana University Kokomo's Office of Career Services. Students and alumni of the campus had the opportunity to meet first with the 65 potential employers.Hundreds gather for the job fair.Hundreds gather for the job fair.

Chancellor Michael Harris said the job fair is a partnership between IU Kokomo and the community, to provide opportunities for future graduates to meet potential employers.

"We are impacting our region's economy by providing our graduates a world-class education," Harris said. "We are transforming the region's economy."

Other sponsors of the event included Ivy Tech Community College, WorkOne, Z92.5, Rock 98.5 and WIOU, which took place at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center.

Stephenie McGee, an IU Kokomo junior majoring in accounting, left the job fair with confidence in her ability to find a job.

"I had some great interviews, and received so many compliments on my résumé. My IU Kokomo advisors really prepared me to succeed today," McGee said. "They gave me the courage to step forward today and do my best."

Denny Camden, district sales coordinator for Aflac, said this was his third time attending the job fair. He noticed that not only were there more employers attending, but more seemed to be actively hiring, rather than making contacts in case jobs opened in the future.

"This is the best I've seen the attendance. I hope this means the economy is improving," he said.

Camden was impressed with the quality of student he met, and planned to call several for interviews.

Aragorn Thacker, a recruiter at Nightingale Home Healthcare, said she was "swamped" all day with future nurses interested in jobs. Many qualified candidates applied, and she plans to contact several for more information.

"I will get at least a dozen interviews out of this, so I am very happy," Thacker said.

Tracy Springer, director the Office of Career Services at IU Kokomo, was delighted with this year's record attendance, following last year's numbers at about 300.

"The attendance has been beyond my wildest expectations. This is the most we've ever had, and it may be the biggest in Indiana," she said.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.

Last updated: 08/14/2014