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Trades & Industry Fair at SCC draws nearly 100 employers

Eric Anderson hands out his resume to potential employers.
Students talk with employer at job fair.
Hundreds come out for Trades & Industry Job Fair.

Close to 100 employers came to the Lincoln Campus of Southeast Community College on Tuesday to find potential employees.

“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 with employers.

“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 plants.

“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.


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Andrea Gallagher Haggar
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