Professionals meet with students at an informal career event

Student talks with employers at career event

Aleigha Geer, student in the Human Development and Family Studies program speaks with representatives from the Department of Corrections about opportunities

Credit: Penn State

DUBOIS, Pa., - Professionals in multiple industries met with Penn State DuBois students on Monday for an informal career networking event.

Employers from multiple disciplines were set up at tables in the Hiller Student Union, talking with students about opportunities and career paths available within their organizations.

Having this opportunity in an informal setting has given students a chance to connect and interact with employers...

—Rebecca Pennington , director of Student Affairs

In attendance representing the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections were Daniel Mowery, veteran’s services unit manager and veteran’s coordinator, and Jessica Fiochetta, drug and alcohol treatment specialist, both working at SCI Houtzdale, a medium-security correctional facility.

Fiochetta and Mowery discussed openings and career paths in both corrections and social work and job stability in each field.

Traveling from Montgomery County, Maryland, Officer Joe Arnold also spent time with one of Professor David Bish’s criminal justice classes, “what I said to the class was, how many people have heard of Montgomery County?

Only one person raised their hand and I look at that as a good thing. If we were doing something wrong, you would have heard about us on the news. … we do a lot of training and I think that’s why. We do things the right way.”

Rebecca Pennington, director of student affairs, said, “having this opportunity in an informal setting has given students a chance to connect and interact with employers and the informal aspect has made them less stressed and they’ve truly enjoyed it.”

Students and employers alike enjoyed the informal networking event and left with new connections and awareness of opportunities.