“People are getting involved which is great for the committee and the market,” said Shelly Jones, committee chair. “We had 30 people attend our meeting including collision shop reps, vendors, instructors, students and Robbie Saladino, our I-CAR regional business development principal. It was a great mix of the industry.”
Gene Slattery, committee education coordinator, provided an update on the group’s Sept. 27 job fair. “We anticipate approximately 750 automotive and collision students in attendance again this year,” Jones shared. “Our liaisons work with the schools and the students to prepare them for this amazing opportunity. We coach students to take advantage of the event because it could take months or years to see the people that are hiring at these companies.”
This year, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee worked with CREF to design a survey which was sent to students in April requesting their contact information, background, the program they are enrolled in and the date they are available for hire. This information was provided to the sponsors signed up for the job fair.
Jones explained, “Doug Slattery, ATI, handles all the sponsor updates and was able to send a list of 65 students to the sponsors that signed up by May 1,” Jones said. “A repeat of the survey will be sent to students in August and the results will be shared with our sponsors in September. This will give sponsors the opportunity to look over the list a couple of weeks prior to the job fair.”
Slattery contributed, “It was a great meeting with good suggestions and participation.”
The St. Louis I-CAR Committee will next meet at Ranken Technical on July 11.
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