Colleges, Businesses Host Career and Transfer Fair at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling

Photos by Jessica Broverman Manager of Operations at West Virginia Northern Community College in Weirton Lisa Soly, left, and Director of Student Services at WVNCC in Wheeling campus Tami Corbin Becker, welcome students and residents to the career and transfer fair in downtown Wheeling.

Representatives of more than 50 companies and colleges, Wexford Health Sources, Williams Lea Tag and Marshall University, gathered at West Virginia Northern Community College on Thursday to welcome local residents and students exploring new opportunities.

“What we wanted to do is open this event to current students, to our students that are going to be graduating this May, and also to the community, so that they can see what kinds of opportunities are available to them through employers or colleges,” said Lisa Soly, manager of campus operations at WVNCC’s Weirton facility.

“If students want to transfer to further (their) education, or if they want to find a job in the workforce, we have people here to help them find their place.”

According to Tami Corbin Becker, director of student services at the WVNCC Wheeling campus, the event gets better each year.

“We are drawing in a different grouping of employers that kind of change to meet the needs of what the valley is hiring for,” Becker said. “This is, I believe, our eighth Career and Transfer Fair on the Wheeling campus.”

U.S. Navy representatives also attended the career fair to encourage students and others to apply.

“The biggest market for the Navy would be 17 -34-year-olds — and then all the way up to 39 for the reserves and things like that,” Navy counselor Bobby Clark said.

“It is college focused. If you don’t get your degree within four years with the Navy, you are doing something wrong because it’s free. I have a bachelor’s degree and the Navy paid for every dime,” he said.

Director at REM West Virginia Amanda Huntsman said her career is challenging, but fulfilling.

“It’s a lot of work and it does get tiring, but I love the people I work with and it is very rewarding,” Huntsman said.

Other companies in attendance include Coleman Professional Services, Troy Group Inc. and Washington Health System. Colleges at the event included Ohio University Eastern, Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, West Liberty University and Robert Morris University.