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Albany Tech students get chances at fair

Amanda Griffin, left, speaks with Kristie Elliot, staffing specialist at Manpower Inc. Amanda is studying to be a dental assistant, but wants to “get her foot in the door” and eventually become a dental hygienist.

Amanda Griffin, left, speaks with Kristie Elliot, staffing specialist at Manpower Inc. Amanda is studying to be a dental assistant, but wants to “get her foot in the door” and eventually become a dental hygienist.

ALBANY, Ga. — Representatives from around 50 businesses and government agencies came together Thursday at the annual Fall Career Fair sponsored by Albany Technical College.

Students of most every age, concentration and progress level stirred from booth to booth, leaving resumes and gathering information.

“Many of our students were surprised there were so many employers here,” said Judy Jimmerson, career services director at Albany Tech. “They were glad to see them.”

Jimmerson said most employers present were local, with others coming from cities such as Macon and Columbus. She said demand for employees were likely stronger in the health and public service areas.

Maria Howard, recruiter for “Civilians Marines,” said her booth was pulling a lot of interest, as did the U.S. Army representative, Troy Adams.

Lowes Home Supply was present, as was Southern Co., Manpower, M&M Mars and at least one nursing home.

Amanda Griffin has two more semesters to complete her program to be a dental assistant. Thursday, she spoke to employers of almost every variety.

She would like to find work as a dental receptionist, she said, and learn as much as she can about patient charts and whatever else she can. In her final semester, she’ll be required to do her “clinicals,” or the required number of hours working, without pay, at a professional practice.

“I want to get my foot in the door,” Griffin said.

Mike Johnson, 57, is already a graphic artist, he said, but is in the degree program at ATC to earn further certification in the computer field.

“Most of the employers are from out of town,” Johnson said, “but I’m too rooted here.”

Johnson said he would like to get on with M&M Mars once he has the certification he is seeking.