2018-05-25 / Community

Career fair a success

South Portland High School opened its doors for the eighth year to local businesses and colleges to help students learn about planning for career opportunities here in Maine. More than 600 students from South Portland High School, Cape Elizabeth High School and Scarborough High School attended the event where they spent time talking to business representatives and learning about the skills and training necessary for employment in various fields.

With more than 70 businesses and 10 colleges set-up in Beal Gymnasium, this year was the largest event yet. The SPHS Career Fair provided an opportunity for students to engage with the professional community and learn about career and educational opportunities.

“What a wonderful event today,” said Ned Asherman of Spectrum Medical Group. “I attend a lot of job fairs at local colleges and it was clear you and your team put time into this. It was organized, structured and there was good communication leading up (to the event).”

Business owners were also impressed with the high level of student engagement, thoughtful questions, educated comments, and the way in which students presented themselves.

Students from Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough High School were also in attendance at the career fair.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this excellent event,” said Principal David Creech, who attended the event with a group of sophomores and staff from Scarborough. “We are very happy to be connecting our students with a regional event that is so well-organized and offers our kids a wide variety of professional fields to explore.”

“As the career fair coordinator, Sheree Inman has seen this event from inception until now,” said,Jane Eberle, president of the South Portland Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce. “She had a strong belief that it was important to have an event where students could learn from businesses about career options directly.”

Eberle and Inman have worked together for the past eight years to grow the event and both see the value in businesses and schools working together to provide students with an opportunity to explore their career and college interests. Next year’s event will be held in early May, and South Portland looks forward to welcoming businesses and colleges to meet with students once again.

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