Community Resource Fair seeks to give job opportunities to students

The second annual American River College Campus and Community Resource Fair was held at the Rose Marks Pavilion at ARC on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fair offered information on services such as volunteer opportunities, job training, legal assistance and many others.

“We had about 60 agencies this year, both campus and off-campus agencies,” said Joslyn Gaines, event organizer and outreach specialist at ARC.

“We had lots of information for people seeking help. We know that students have to move beyond college eventually, and these resources are going to be powerful in helping them get to where they want to go,” said Gaines. “Or if they are in crisis right now, some of these resources are going to be effective and beneficial to them.

“(The fair) was extremely successful,” she continued. “We heard a lot of positive from both the vendors and the students.”

Students were able to go by booths that interested them and gather information. Kisel Demby, a 30-year-old Early Childhood Education major, came for information on job opportunities.

“I am still looking for a job and so just trying to see what they have, what they had laid out here,” she said. “I found some job resources on security, (and) on probation aid. I just have to go fill out these applications online.”

Mitch Darnell, relationship consultant and psychology professor for the Los Rios district and at Brendon University was with one of the booths.

“People need connection… (The) average student out there doesn’t know everybody in the community. It’s hard to know everybody, we are so busy today,” Darnell said, explaining the psychology behind the fair.

“An event like this is an opportunity for people to come directly in contract with people who can help them.”

When asked if she had anything to say to students after the fair, Gaines encouraged students to “keep asking questions, keep calling agencies in the community. Always ask questions because there is always some agency or someone who might be able to help you.”

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