August 24, 2005
Indiana companies to find new employees at Purdue's High Tech Job Fair
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. This fall more than 1,000 Purdue University students hope to launch their careers at Purdue's High Tech Job Fair for Indiana Companies.
At the eighth annual fair, which will take place Oct. 26, Purdue's Technical Assistance Program will again match students with prospective degrees in technology, science, engineering, management and agriculture to Indiana companies with high-tech job openings. More than 60 companies from throughout Indiana are expected to attend the event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.
Participation in the High Tech Job Fair for Indiana Companies is open to all companies that register through the Web site, or by phone at (765) 494-6258. The job fair will include an information session with recruiting tips for high-tech businesses from 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Stephanie Ragozzino is the customer care team manager for Aprimo, a marketing solution software company in Indianapolis. She said students did an impressive job of researching the companies whose representatives they spoke with at last year's fair.
"We didn't have any exposure to campus before the fair and actually hired four full-time employees, including three in the field of technology and one in computer science," Ragozzino said. "We were very happy with the quality of applicants. They were excellent hires. We will return this year and would like to hire a minimum of at least six more."
Technical Assistance Program director David McKinnis says the fair is one of several ways Purdue helps highly skilled graduates find good paying jobs in Indiana.
"The high-tech programs from which Purdue students are graduating consistently rank at the top," McKinnis said. "We want to help Indiana employers keep the best and brightest in-state by providing direct access to our highly skilled graduates."
The fair, sponsored by the Purdue colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Science and Technology, the School of Management and Purdue's Center for Career Opportunities, is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all Purdue campuses. Company representatives will screen candidates during the fair and then have the opportunity to interview selected students from 4-8 p.m.
Companies represented include computer software, e-commerce, hospitals, computer consulting, manufacturing, insurance, health care and accounting firms. McKinnis said current high-tech needs also make the job fair ideal for small businesses, as well as state and city government units, architecture and law firms.
"We'll have highly trained students representing a large assortment of technical related fields," McKinnis said. "The fair will attract job seekers looking for high-tech positions in engineering, business, computer integrated manufacturing, computer graphics, electrical engineering technology, along with chemists and biologists. The students come well-prepared and are eager to embark upon their careers."
On Oct. 27 employers can interview students for full-time positions and summer internships at Stewart Center, adjacent to the Purdue Memorial Union. Another option for employers and students is Purdue's Cooperative Education Program, through which students spend a total of 18 months working at a company between the end of their freshman year and the beginning of their senior year.
Established in 1986, the Technical Assistance Program's mission is to help business, industry and government use new technologies to benefit the citizens of Indiana and improve the state economy. Purdue faculty, staff and students have worked with more than 6,000 companies to date. Their efforts have saved nearly 4,150 jobs and accounted for more than $300 million in increased sales.
Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stephanie Ragozzino, (317) 803-4300, firstname.lastname@example.org
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