“If I had stayed home that day, I wouldn’t be here now.” That’s how one student describes the impact a Metropolitan Community College Job Fair had on his future. Cole Shope will graduate from MCC-Longview this spring, but he is already in his seventh month on the job at Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Olathe.
MCC-Longview would like to help you tell a story resembling Shope’s.
More than 40 top employers will attend MCC-Longview’s 2016 Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, March 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the MCC-Longview Recreation Center Gym, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64081.
“You can visit with employers recruiting for full-time, part-time and internships in all areas,” says Linda Anderson, MCC-Longview Career Services Coordinator. The event is free and open to MCC students and the public.
As for Shope, he says last year’s Job Fair gave him the connection to Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the information about an opportunity he would not have known existed otherwise. “I talked to all the law enforcement officers at the job fair,” he says.
“Anybody can use a little bit of luck, but it’s definitely about getting your name out there,” he added.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to meeting more applicants like Shope at this year’s event. “Students coming out of MCC-Longview are prepared and ready to start that career,” says Jesse Valdez, Sheriff’s Deputy and Personnel Recruiter. Valdez says their office is a good fit for young workers, who are still taking classes.
Shope was 18 when he was hired last year and now works as a civilian specialist, assisting deputies in the detention unit. He considers this a stepping stone to further opportunities. When he is 20 ½, Shope can apply to be an officer.
The MCC-Longview 2016 Spring Job Fair is co-sponsored by the Lee’s Summit Chamber.
Further event details, directions and more can be found at this link: mcckc.edu/jobfairs. Call MCC-Longview Career Services at 816.604.2155.
Employers at the MCC-Longview 2016 Spring Job Fair will include:
- Ameristar Casino & Hotel
- Andy’s Frozen Custard
- Aramark – Kauffmann Stadium
- Auto Truck Group
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC
- Cartwright International Van Lines
- Cerner Corporation
- Children’s Mercy Hospital
- City of Lee’s Summit
- Cosentino’s Food Stores
- Crowd Systems
- Down to Earth Services
- Embrace the Grape-Beverage Catering
- Full Employment Council
- DST Systems
- GEHA, Government Employees Health Association
- Harrah’s Casino
- HCA Mid/American Division
- Jefferson Healthcare
- John Knox Village
- Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
- Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
- Metropolitan Community College
- Mid-Continent Public Library
- Operation Breakthrough
- Panera Bread
- QuikTrip Distribution
- Raymore-Peculiar School District
- Renewal by Andersen
- State Street
- The Home Depot
- Weed Man
- YMCA of Greater Kansas City
Side Note for MCC Students:
The day before the 2016 Spring Job Fair, MCC students will get a chance to make sure they are fully prepared to speak with prospective employers. “More Than a Paycheck” is an informational session offered on Tuesday, March 1, at the MCC-Longview Education Center, 500 S.W. Longview Rd., Lee’s Summit. At the session, students will learn what to wear and get resume tips. They will get a walk-through of the event, as well as a professional online photo. Forty-five minute sessions are available at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. RSVP by Feb. 24 at careercentral.mcckc.edu or call 816-604-2155 to enroll. A drawing for a college survival kit valued at $75 will be given away at each session. This event is sponsored by MCC-Longview Career Services and Campus Life and Leadership.