Warner University began its Career Fair for its students today and it continues tomorrow, Thursday, January 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jennifer Leeks, Warner’s Career Services and Student Success Specialist organized the event and plans to continue the career fair each semester from now on.
The fair hosted almost 20 businesses and employers looking for students to fill part-time, full-time, and internship positions.
Warner alumnus Samantha Whitmore represents Enterprise Rent-A-Car and said that Warner’s fair was a “great recruiting opportunity,” since Warner attracts students from all across the country and Enterprise has offices across the country.
Enterprise is a heavy recruiter of college athletes and college graduates of all majors.
Another Warner alumnus now working at Circle F Dude Ranch, Kris Canchon, said that the camp has hired about 14 current Warner students to work at the camp over the last year.
“Warner students do a good job and are hard workers,” Canchon said.
Several Warner alumni already work for Lake Wales Charter Schools, where there is a “Substitute Orientation” on February 7 at 9 a.m. for anyone looking to become a substitute teacher before or after they graduate.
“Warner has an exceptional education program,” said Marie Cherrington-Gray, who represented Lake Wales Charter Schools.
Westgate Ranch Resorts’ Maritza Pagan said that the company visits Warner’s Career Fair every year because the school has “great students.”
The resort is looking for students to fill many available full-time positions as well as students who need summer or weekend jobs.
The Polk County School Board also hosted a table at the fair, looking for teachers for their various schools.
“Warner is a great school with a solid track record for producing successful students,” Annissa Wilfalk of Polk County Schools said.
Other interesting job opportunities showcased at the Career Fair were for the new recreation department of Lake Wales, where students can get in on the ground floor of a new department., Also the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which is looking for part time employees in positions in animal control, as well as students to enroll in the police academy, which is free, and includes a 500 dollar a week stipend.