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Career Expo deemed success

Employers, students mix

Career Services hosted a successful Career Expo at the Lowry campus April 24. The event offered opportunities for internships, apprenticeships, and part-time and full-time employment to CCA students and graduates.

Lowe’s, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, PlumChoice, Aurora Police Department, Waffle House, and Americorps were some of the 33 employers on hand.

Dawn Beattie, human resources manager for southeast Aurora's Lowe's Home Improvement Center, said that given her company's strong commitment to hiring women, minorities, veterans, and disabled applicants, stops like the one at CCA mesh well with a well-rounded student population.

"It's diverse in terms of age and experience, which really tailors to our needs," she said.

The Career Expo received a boost this year by the affiliated placement of food trucks from Steuben's, Moe's Barbeque and Church of Cupcakes outside of the event. It helped boost total attendance to 370, which included traffic from neighbor schools and businesses.

Miranda McFarling, human resource manager for Waffle House's Colorado market, was pleased with the turnout.

"Great candidates come from the Community College of Aurora and, when they're students, we have very flexible schedules for them, since we're open 24/7. That fits really well with the student lifestyle and is a good fit for us," she explained. "And for those looking to graduate or a little further down the line we had a management position open in Colorado, as well. And I had a lot of inquiries."





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