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Numerous Job Seekers to Turn Out at Free Job Fair for Howard Community College Students & Community Members

March 14, 2013

(Columbia, MD) — With recent news that employers added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, a large turnout is anticipated for Howard Community College’s (HCC) Job Fair on Friday, March 15, in the Burrill Galleria on campus from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The job fair also comes at a time when Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate’s degrees now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees. The job fair will draw Howard Community College students, as well as members of the public. Job seekers will be able to meet face-to-face with 43 employers representing various industries.  The fair is sponsored by Howard Community College in cooperation with Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Employers will be available to discuss employment opportunities, accept applications, and schedule interviews. Participants will be able to bring resumes for review by expert HCC career counselors. Employers in attendance will represent a variety of fields, including accounting, banking and finance; administrative support; computer and information systems; counseling, education, social work, and human services; customer service; engineering, science and technology; health services; law enforcement and security, fire and rescue; management and administration; military services; and more.

Following a current trend, health care job opportunities continue to top the list of best-paying jobs. This trend occurs at a time when Howard Community College’s nursing and allied health programs continue to grow and Maryland projects growth in health care fields. Earning a median of $65,000, registered nurses are among the highest-paying jobs and the fastest-growing jobs that require an associate’s degree. Nursing graduates at Howard Community College secure jobs at approximately 95%.

A recent statewide economic impact study confirms that HCC graduates contribute to the economic vitality of Howard County. The study reports the following:

  • Over the course of a student’s working career, the average HCC student’s lifetime earnings will increase $5.20 for every dollar invested in their HCC education.
  • Over the course of a working lifetime, an associate’s degree graduate in Howard County earns $511,300 more than someone with only a high school diploma.
  • Nearly 74 percent of HCC students stay in the region and contribute to the local economy.

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to over 30,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, Laurel College Center, and Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.