Business dress is required for entry into the Friday morning session from 9 a.m.-noon, and into the 2-5 p.m. afternoon session, at the Student Center on the HFCC Main Campus, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn. Last year's debut was “very well” received last year, attracting more than 80 employees, said Chad Austin, an officer with the HFCC Office of Career Services, which is presenting the event.
Because both the students and employees were very happy with last year's four-hour session, Austin said, this is why the college has decided to hold the event again this year. The reasons for offering two sessions this year, he said, are to have more variety in the employers participating, and to make the event more convenient for students' class schedules.
There is a four-hour limit to the time employers can be reasonably expected to talk with many prospects, Austin said, yet the college wanted to increase the number of employers participating. In regard to the students, he said that by allowing students to choose between sessions, the college should get more students who have class in the morning, as well as more who take classes in the evening time, “so I think it works out well.”
Many employers will still be at both sessions, Austin noted, which can both be attended by students and the general public. Those looking for the complete list of employers, he said, can go to the HFCC Career Services website at careers.hfcc.edu and hit a link at the top for the up-to-date listing.
In this year's “wide variety” of employers, Austin said, one field particularly well-represented is law enforcement. Not only police recruiters from Dearborn and Fort Lauderdale will be there, he said, but there will be several companies which provide private security, state agencies (DNR, corrections department, and state police), and U.S. Customs.
There are big companies at the expo, Austin said, such as Jacobs Tech, “one of the better known engineering firms.” Another company he pointed as “up and coming” is Shinola, which makes watches, bicycles, leather and journals. Five employers wanted to be more visible at the event, Austin said, by being sponsors as well as recruiters at the Expo: Belle Tire Distributors, Eisenhower Center, Industrial Careers Pathways, Marathon Petroleum and Reliance One.
Every student and alumni will be asked for information, he said, so the college can track them afterward, and every current student will be handed out a sticker. For more information, call (313) 845-9618, or go to the careers.hfcc.edu website.