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NMC teamwork results in amazing career fair

NORTHERN Marianas College not only talks the talk but walks the walk too.

Private and public business and organization representatives pose with Northern Marianas College faculty and staff during the very successful career fair held yesterday for students at NMC. Photo by Tammy DotyPrivate and public business and organization representatives pose with Northern Marianas College faculty and staff during the very successful career fair held yesterday for students at NMC. Photo by Tammy DotyYesterday’s career fair day was a raging success and the “best ever” according to everyone gathered.

Over 150+ students visited the fair to speak with various private, non-profit and volunteer organizations about opportunities for employment and community service.

“We could not be more pleased with NMC’s teamwork among departments and are so grateful for the strong support of the community,” stated Neda C. Deleon Guerrero, NMC’s career center manager.

The annual fair is intended to support one of NMC’s prime objectives of connecting students with community businesses and organizations through networking and the timing could not have been better.

“During this time of ‘restructuring’ of companies it is vital that NMC facilitate student employment opportunities and help businesses prepare and adapt in this tough economy,” commented Leo Pangelinan, dean of student services.

Capping-off a series of events

The career fair was the culmination of a week-long series of career events intended to better prepare students for job hunting.

Resume writing, interviewing techniques, success series, labor laws, ethics and even a self-defense class were all part of an integrated program from April 11 to 19.

Students Variety interviewed were thrilled with the information and described themselves as “more hopeful” about getting a job after participating in the career seminars and fair.

Guerrero credited NMC-wide cooperation and collaboration for the successful series and fair and beamed as she described the innovative ideas generated by staff.

One such novelty was providing students of the resume class with vouchers for free copying in one of NMC’s respective departments.

“Every area of the campus chipped in with a few bucks from their budgets to help students with copies so they would have them ready to hand-out at the job fair,” explained Guerrero.

If enthusiasm and smiles were any indication of the participating community organizations and businesses they too were pleased with the event.

“Only because of the community’s support was this day possible and on behalf of NMC President Dr. Sharon Hart and the faculty we thank you very much,” said Pangelinan.

Participating non-profits included Mariana Island Nature Alliance, Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Commonwealth Cancer Assoc.

Private/public organizations included Joeten Enterprises, Pacific Islands Club, public school system, Hyatt Regency, Fiesta Resort and Spa, Tan Holdings Corp., Office Vocational Rehabilitation, U.S. Coast Guard, Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp., Power 99, College Access Challenge Grant, Office of Personnel Management, Commonwealth Utilities Corporation  and the Ayuda Network, Inc.