With spring semester coming to a rapid close and finals looming, it’s not always easy for students to make time to see what available in the job market.
That’s when Meridian Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program decided to try another way to get soon-to-be graduating ADN students and vendors together – this time through its first recruitment day fair. “I’m sure we’ll repeat it in the fall,” said Cheryl Beddingfield, MCC ADN instructor. “We had 85 to 95 percent of our students come to this,” she added.
Sixteen vendors ranging from employers to representatives from upper-level educational institutions to examination preparers came to MCC’s Dulaney Room to meet with students. One of those students was Shimeka Smith, a fourth-semester ADN student who commutes from her home in Madison to MCC. “I wanted to see the employment opportunities and see what the choices are,” she said. “I’m trying to feel my way through.”
The vendors were also appreciative to have a central location to get the chance to network with students and MCC faculty as well. “A lot of times students are overwhelmed; this type of event lets them know what’s out there,” said Celeste Lowery, director of quality assurance at Hurst Review Services.
Photo: Celeste Lowery, left, director of quality assurance for Hurst Review Services, talks to MCC Associate Degree Nursing Student Shimeka Smith during a nursing recruitment day event.