October 9, 1998

100 Employers Gather at Grossmont College

El Cajon — Job seekers with a resume in hand and who are ready to work will have the opportunity to interview and perhaps be hired on the spot at Grossmont College's 20th annual Career EXPO `98 on Monday, October 12. Career EXPO, with nearly 100 employers expected, is the kick-off for Grossmont's popular Career Week.

"This year marks Grossmont College's 20th year of sponsoring Career Week, a free event that offers hundred of students and community members an opportunity to explore career possibilities," said Dr. Jack Randall, interim president. "We are committed to offering career growth options to our students and East County residents and to enhancing our links with business."

Employers will be available at the Main Quad on the El Cajon campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of the companies will be interviewing and hiring during the free career fair while others will discuss future employment opportunities. Dynamic Instruments Kaiser Permanente, Macy's West, Wells Fargo Bank, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Mammoth Mountain Resort, Davis Technologies, The Scripps Research Institute and UPS are among the employers who will be represented at the fair.

"Career Week links education directly to employer's needs through the Career EXPO and with the many timely workshops, said Ron Kraft, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Governing Board President. "It's an opportunity for both students and residents to meet with employers to make a profitable connection."

This year, to coincide with Disabilities Awareness Month, the keynote speaker is Bill Demby who will share his personal "Profile in Courage," on Tuesday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center's Griffin Gate.

Demby will discuss his philosophy "to win you have to play the game." He's played the game of life and overcome many obstacles. As a young man, his dream was to attend college and play pro basketball. But he was drafted and at age 19 ended up in Vietnam, where he lost both legs to a rocket blast in 1971. He came home numbed with alcohol and drugs.

Over the years he's struggled to recover and fulfill his dream of attending college and competing in sports. He focused on sports including racing cars, skiing and playing basketball. He is a certified ski instructor and holds the national amputee record in shot put, discus and javelin. In 1990, Demby participated in a Peace Marathon in Moscow to unite Soviet and American veterans.

Earning his college degree, he now is a counselor in the Howard County (Maryland) "disAbility Awareness Project." Demby's story offers encouragement and motivation for working for and achieving one's goals and dreams.

Following Demby's speech, free public workshops will begin Tuesday afternoon and continue through Thursday featuring employers and educators with insight on a range of career options.

Workshops range from new techniques used by law enforcement professionals in solving crimes to "Your Future in Food," a look at job options in the culinary field. Other workshops explore careers in International Business and the fast-growing multimedia industry. Another session targets short term training to prepare individuals for today's job market.

College Transfer Day is slated to round out the week on Thursday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Quad. This event features representatives from over 40 colleges and universities providing information on transferring for additional educational opportunities at their institutions.

Career Week is sponsored by the Grossmont College Career and Job Placement Center in partnership with the Associated Students of Grossmont College. For more information on the workshops, times and locations, please call 644-7614.

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