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Lenawee County students meet local employers at job fair

ADRIAN – Lenawee County employers looking to hire local and hardworking employees got a taste of the county’s rising workforce on Friday.

Featuring 24 businesses across the county, the Career Connections job fair at Adrian College encouraged participation from Lenawee County high schools and students from Adrian College and Siena Heights University.

The fair was made possible through a partnership between Lenawee Now and Adrian College with a grant obtained by the Lenawee Intermediate School District.

“There are several local partners involved here that bring it all together,” Sheila Blair, Align Talent Consortium Manager, said at the job fair. “I want all employers in our county to be fully staffed. This is the purpose of this event.

The Align Talent Consortium is the workforce development arm of Lenawee Now.

Michigan Works Southeast and Fasco Employment Solutions in Adrian also had booths at the job fair providing labor information to students.

The job fair allowed students to hear presentations from companies on what they have to offer locally.

“When you think about it, (students) really haven’t had a chance to talk to employers. We’re on the heels of COVID, so for the past two years they really haven’t been able to show up in front of employers,” Blair said. “Lenawee Now has worked with schools and counselors to work with students on building their resumes and elevator pitches to prepare them for coming to events like this. We coached them on how they are going to dress today. We had students who really blew us away. They came prepared, they have their resumes ready, they are ready to talk about themselves and their future, they are dressed appropriately and they blow us away.

Adrian, Addison, Blissfield, Clinton, Hudson, Lenawee Christian, Madison, Morenci, Onsted, Sand Creek and Tecumseh schools had students present at the fair. Project Search, a one-year post-secondary internship program offered through LISD to students with disabilities whose goal is to obtain competitive employment, also allowed students to participate in the job fair.

More than 20 Lenawee County companies representing fields such as manufacturing, business management, health sciences and human services had stations at the fair.

Linda Tomford, vice president of human resources and training for TLC Community Credit Union, said all of the companies in attendance were able to provide students with helpful information and engage in positive conversation.

High school students attending an afternoon session of the Career Connections job fair offered Friday at Adrian College, hear what TLC Community Credit Union has to offer for TLC Training Coordinator jobs Teresa Daniel, second from right, and Linda Tomford, vice president of human resources and training.  The job fair was offered through a partnership between Lenawee Now and Adrian College with a grant secured by the Lenawee Intermediate School District.

“Some students aren’t quite sure what career path they’re taking, but some of them have an idea of ​​where they’re headed,” she said. “A lot of them asked questions and they were resourceful. They don’t just want the goodies we give, they really want to talk to you. Some of them are looking for a career right now and not looking to go to college. Some of them are looking to go to college. It’s very interesting, and we enjoyed talking to all of them.

Tomford said it was very important for students to keep their options open.

“We always tell the kids not to cut ties and to look at all of your options. You don’t know until you walk into something what you’re going to want to do,” she said.

TLC, for example, offers training in accounting, marketing, information technology and compliance. It also partners with county schools to administer financial education courses, Tomford said.

“There are so many pieces available for students,” she said.

Creek Enterprise Inc., 638 W. Maumee St., Adrian was one of 10 manufacturing companies at the fair. Tom Lucha, director of sales at Creek Enterprise, said it was very important to make a good impression on young people, whom he called the future of the American workforce.

“It’s good to talk to young people,” he says. “Some of them just want to have their card punched to say they’ve visited each of the stands, but others are really engaged with us. Young people are so important. They are our future, so we have to prepare them.

One of those kids, Adrian High School senior Miles Abraham, said he learned a lot from the job fair, including how easy it is to apply for jobs and that Lenawee County has a lot. to offer in terms of employment.

“I learned a lot about the different job offers,” he says. “It seemed so hard to apply, but once I got here it kind of showed me how really easy it can be to find a job.”

Abraham said he either wants to go straight into the workforce after high school or enroll in trade school. He has a passion for the culinary arts and car manufacturing, but said the job fair opened his eyes to a host of other possible careers.

“I came in thinking the only thing I wanted to do was culinary arts or car mechanics,” he said. “I’ve talked to banks and found things there that I’d like to do. I’ve talked to electronics companies and found out things I’d like too. This type of event is a very good opportunity for students. If you are looking for something to expand your horizons, this is a great thing to do. It really opens up your options.