Tech Center in good company
145 firms come to campus to recruit students
Steven Gomez Jr. | reporter
The long maze of hallways at the Kansas Technology Center played host to more than 145 company representatives Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the 17th annual KTC Company Day.
Representatives from all over the region searched for talented students in various fields of study.
Barry Wilson, department chair of graphics and imaging technologies, says that both students and potential employers had one mutual goal in mind: to connect with each other.
“It gives them a way to network with companies and begins to tailor their skill sets,” he said.
He added that the caliber of Pitt State technology students is a major factor that draws all the organizations into attending the event.
The first few years of Company Day were limited to the College of Construction. As the success of the event continued to improve it has now come to include not only construction, but the colleges of Automotive Technology, Engineering Technology, Graphics & Imaging Technologies and Technology & Workforce Learning.
This year’s Company Day welcomed more than 145 companies, a jump from the average 130 that have attended in past years.
Wilson says the education provided for students out of all the programs in the Technology Center emphasize a hands-on approach to learning and advises nervous students to begin networking with the representatives who attend Company Day in their beginning years to help increase their chances of hire after graduation.
“The professionalism and maturity level for students coming out of Pitt State is higher than graduates out of other tech schools,” said Ashley Alford, representative of Reliable Superstore.
Company Day not only gives students a rare opportunity but also gives a chance for future employers to test the waters of potential employees as well.
“The curriculum at Pitt State gives us what we’re looking for (in students),” said Ralph Cowman, representative of Boelte-Hall Litho.
Several representatives also had advice for students.
“Showing confidence is important,” Alford said.
Wes Manuel, representative of Names and Numbers says keeping an open mind, asking lots of questions and being social is a great way to make Company Day a positive learning experience.
Cowman added having a resume ready is one of the best signs you can show a potential employer.
“Once they (companies) enter they keep coming back,” Wilson said.
Wilson says there are multiple resources besides Company Day available through the Technology Center for PSU students.
“It’s a matter of utilizing them,” he said.
He added that these resources help guide students along their desired career paths after graduation and that networking opportunities are never scarce for a PSU graduate.