Career Fair at Lakewood High School a First-hand Learning Experience

Posted on April 13, 2016 By

Anyone who attended the Career Fair, hosted by Lakewood High School (LHS), and sponsored by Lakewood Chamber of Commerce this April was excited by what they saw and learned. About 260 high school juniors and seniors had an opportunity to talk directly to more than 40 business professionals and organizations.

The Career Fair was designed as an opportunity for employers to promote their business, find future employees, and provide students with information to prepare them for employment.

Lakewood Mayor Menashe Miller said, “I was so impressed with the Lakewood High School Career Fair, the caliber of students who were there, and the number of organizations and businesses that attended. A Career Fair like this one is extremely beneficial for students, and especially valuable as they think about the educational and skill requirements of possible career paths. Nothing could be more helpful than to speak to a person face-to-face.”

Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, and co-chairwoman of the Lakewood Chamber Scholarship Committee, said, “The business community welcomes the opportunity to bring new jobs to high school students as well expand their minds about potential career choices. The Lakewood Chamber is very proud to have had this collaborative effort between LHS and the business community.”

Gay Huggins-Dickey, the SLE (Structured Learning Experience) coordinator and PALS (Pupil Assisted Learning) educator at Lakewood High School, who coordinated the Career Fair with the Chamber and businesses, said, “Hosting a career or job fair gives students access to local company representatives. It is imperative for us – the community at-large – to do our part and make sure that we provide our students with alternate routes to success simply because college may not always be ‘the right now’ option.

“I also believe that we need to give students a little nudge to consider achievable, rewarding, ‘right now’ careers, such as police officers, state troopers, administrative assistants, shipping and receiving clerks, any branch of the U.S. military, electricians and plumbers, or customer service representatives.

“These students are our future and we must do all we can to invest in them now so they may become the productive citizens we will need tomorrow.”

Some of the Career Fair participants included Alcoeur Gardens, Aquatherm, Arbonne, Banquest Payment Systems, Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C., Blinds to Go, Concerned Citizens in Action, Costco, Dunkin Donuts, EEO Judiciary Office, Express Employment Professionals, Gaming Laboratories, Int’l., Gelbsteins Bakery, Herr’s Foods, Inc., Honda Universe, Ineqco International, LLC, Lakewood Fire Department, Lakewood Police Department, IBEW Local 400 JATC, N.J. State Police, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, Ocean County College, Ocean County Library, Ocean County PIC, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, OceanFirst Bank, Puerto Rican Congress, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Santander Bank, Sodexo, Telesearch Staffing, The ARC of Ocean County, United States Air Force, United States Army National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, United States Marines, United States Navy, Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, Inc.

For more information call Denise Esposito, Lakewood Chamber, at 732-363-0012 or Gay Huggins-Dickey, LHS, at 732-905-3500 Ext. 7402.

To view photos taken by Lakewood High future business leaders Enrique Torres and Felipe Mejia: