Tuesday was the first job fair held by the new Career Services office at Alderson-Broaddus College, and they're hoping to help their students and the area's economy at the same time.
Students from freshmen to graduating seniors came to the Rex Pyles Arena on A-B's campus Tuesday morning to look at opportunities from jobs after graduation to internships to take them through the summer. Director of Career Services Teresa VanAlsburg said some employers can provide a chance to get experience during the school year.
"A lot of our students here on campus could have those opportunities while they're taking classes so that if there's an internship opportunity available at a local business or something close by they would be able to work and go to school at the same time," said VanAlsburg.
While some may look further on their job search, senior IT student Jeffrey Norton is looking to stay in the state. He's committed to working in the state thanks to a grant he received. But he said there's a lot of opportunity for him here in North Central West Virginia.
"I can see that it's growing, it needs more computer tech people, and the way that the world is working out, it needs more computer people, and WV is really growing with tech jobs now," Norton said.
And for local businesses, finding people who want to stick around after they finish school is a big plus as they look for candidates to fill jobs, especially in our area.
"We're always looking for quality prospects, anyone who's interested in our area, we're more than happy to sit down with them and explain what's available in the banking industry and what's out there for them as far as their career," said BC Bank President Jeff Rogers.
Norton said he's hoping to stay here in our region, but would be willing to move to any part of the state for that first job.