Close to 100 employers came to
the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College on Tuesday to find potential
“We’re always looking for
welders,” said Danielle Graalfs, human resources manager for Elliott Equipment
Company of Omaha. “We’re also looking for drafters. One of our best CADD
(Computer Aided Design Drafting) designers came from SCC.”
SCC students from all three
campuses – Beatrice, Lincoln and Milford – filtered in and out of the gymnasium
at the Trades & Industry Career Connections Fair. This fair gives students
a chance to see what kinds of jobs are available in their field and to talk
“It gives us an opportunity
to see what types of companies are looking for us,” said Chris Burnett, who is scheduled
to graduate in December from the Electrical & Electromechanical Technology program
at SCC. He hopes to get a job with a company with good benefits and possibly
advance his education further.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he
said about his time at SCC. “It’s been a good challenge, and I’m learning all
the time, constant learning.”
Eric Anderson still has a
year-and-a-half before he graduates from the Design & Drafting program, but
that didn’t stop him from sporting a suit, carrying a briefcase and handing out
resumes to many of the employers.
“I hope to get an internship
here,” he said. “There’s many good companies here. It’s very diverse.”
Employers came from all over Nebraska
and surrounding states, including Sidney Gardner from Kansas City Power &
Light. He was hoping to find electricians, welders and journeymen for power
“Some of these jobs pay over
six figures,” Gardner said, “it’s just finding the right person for the job.”
Lindsey Reinke with John
Henry’s Plumbing, Heating & Air was hoping to talk with some Heating,
Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology students.
“There’s a big need for
plumbers in Lincoln,” she said. “We’re always looking for talented people.”
Lars Anderson graduates in
December from the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. He’s hoping to
find something in manufacturing design, possibly an internship that would turn
into a full-time job. He came to SCC in 2013 and graduated from the Precision
Machining and Automation program. He stayed for another degree.
“Two degrees, three years and
I didn’t spend hardly any money,” he said about his time at SCC.