North Arkansas College hosted their career fair in a virtual format for the first time this year to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event began Monday, March 8 and lasted through Friday, March 12.
The format may have been different, the concept remained the same. Employers made themselves available via video chats to meet and greet job seekers. Attendees had the opportunity to apply for open positions on the spot and have resumes reviewed immediately.
Participants had the chance to sharpen their interviewing skills via a free training system named Big Interview, which features mock interviews and a resume building tool.
The following employers took time to make themselves available interested applicants during the fair:
Arkansas Department of Transportation
Arkansas Division of Workforce ServicesBaxter Regional Medical Center
Area Agency on Aging of NW AR
Big Cedar Lodge
Cornerstone Medical Clinic
Educational Opportunity Center
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Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce
Highland Court Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility
Independent Living, Inc.
Mercy Health System
Missouri State Highway Patrol
National Park Service
New beginnings school of cosmetology
North Arkansas Regional Medical Center
Ozark Foam Insealators
Ozark Rape Crisis Center
Silver Dollar City Attractions
The Home Depot
NAC has many hands on vocational programs to prepare students for the workforce. The NAC automotive program offers the same teaching programs for Toyota technicians. The program recently received a donation of Toyota parts to work with from Magness Toyota. Everton’s Avery Baker and Clayton Kephart of Harrison, automotive students at NAC loaded a pallet of returned warranty parts used under the hoods of vehicles into a truck for delivery to the north campus automotive lab. The students will benefit from a recent donation made by Magness Toyota and Toyota. “Toyota has a program where covered warranty parts are returned to Toyota for examination, then they are donated for teaching purposes,” Bill Magness explained.
Students commit to technical training
North Arkansas College is pleased to announce that the National CTE Letter of Intent Signing Day event held in collaboration and partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) will be delivered in a video format on April 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. The event will be broadcast on Northark’s YouTube channel. A web page has been created to promote the event and to share resources at www.northark.edu/SigningDay
Signing Day mirrors the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes who commit to play sports in college, but instead of athletes, NC3’s Signing Day is designed to honor students who are entering a technical field and to celebrate the dignity of work. Students planning to attend Northark in the upcoming academic year with a desire to pursue an educational pathway in a CTE program area will be featured in the video.
“Signing Letters of Intent sends the signal to the students, to our industry partners and everyone else, that this choice is a big deal. The college is committing to reserve a place for them, and letting the students know they are very important people. Technical training will prepare them for a strong, essential career.” said Randy Esters, Northark president. “Industry leaders are excited about this opportunity because it validates the student and provides an opportunity for industry representatives to meet these future members of their workforce.”
Over ninety technical institutions across the country will be hosting signing day ceremonies tied together by live, nationwide simulcasts.
All students who participate in the National Signing Day event will be featured in an event video, receive a copy of their letter of commitment, and be provided with a Northark cap or t-shirt to display in the video and enjoy as a congratulatory gift.
The public is invited to view the broadcast at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/NorthArkansasCollege
A place for everyone
NAC offers training, degrees and extra curricular activities and takes pride in the successes of students. Marie Kershaw, a concurrent high school student at NAC, won the 2021 Miss River City Outstanding Teen preliminary for the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen pageant this past weekend at Little Rock. Marie accepted the crown and a $250 scholarship toward her college education.
“I am beyond thrilled and so honored to be chosen Miss River City's Outstanding Teen! Besides the opportunity to meet lots of people across the state, I look forward to making new friends with the other teen contestants and continuing to help needy kids with food insecurity issues,” remarked Marie. “It’s exciting to begin my journey towards the Miss America Scholarship Organization’s crowning points of service, style, scholarship and success.”
An accomplished dancer and the feature twirler at half-times during NAC’s basketball games, she performed a show twirl routine for the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is to help children in poverty have a “Brighter Present, Brighter Future.” Marie will compete for the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen title on June 13-18.