ASC students network with employers at nursing, medical career fair

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Students within Alfred State College’s various health-focused programs were able to meet with many employers recently during a nursing and medical-related career fair.

Elaine Morsman, director of the Career Development Center at Alfred State, noted this year’s fair was another success.

“We loved the variety of employers who were recruiting for several of our health-related majors, including nursing (two- and four-year) and radiologic technology,” she said. “Students came prepared with resumes in hand. One of the employers told me that this was the best fair that they had attended in a long time. Often they meet very few qualified candidates, but that was not true about our fair.”

Interest among employers in attending Alfred State career fairs continues to grow, as evident from this year’s nursing and medical-related career fair, which drew in 22 employers, compared to 11 last year.

Employers at this year’s fair noted how impressed they were with Alfred State students. Julianne Remaley, a senior nurse recruiter with UPMC, said her employer last year hired a couple of ASC graduates who turned out to become excellent employees, which is why UPMC was eager to come back to campus this year and recruit even more Pioneers.

“We’re excited to talk with the students who are going to be graduating and to give them opportunities to start their career,” she said.

Kelli Piehler, associate director of campus recruitment and talent acquisition at Rochester Regional Health, said, “I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism of the students and their interest level and engagement coming to the table. They come prepared with their resumes, they’re asking great questions, so I’m confident they’re going to transition into really great nurses.”

Overall, 44 students enrolled in Alfred State’s nursing and medical-related programs signed in to meet with employers during the career fair – handing out resumes, engaging in conversations, and making those all-important professional connections. Not all of the students who attended the fair signed in, however, Morsman noted.

Nicole Ahle, a nursing student from Nanuet, said the recruiters she spoke with offered not only helpful information about their place of employment, but also great advice about starting a career in the medical field.

Raeha Dixon, a healthcare management major from Perry, said she spoke with many employers and noted her interactions with them were very positive. She also applauded Alfred State for offering opportunities such as the career fair.

“That’s what I like most about (Alfred State) – that I come to school and I know they’re going to give me opportunities like this,” she said.

Employers who registered for/participated in the career fair included the Army National Guard; Arnot Health; Catholic Health; Dent Neurologic Institute; Elderwood at Hornell; Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC; Guthrie; Guthrie Healthcare System; Highland Hospital; Jones Memorial Hospital; Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation; New York Air National Guard; Rochester Regional Health; Strong Memorial Hospital; the Arc of Steuben; the Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.; the University of Rochester; UPMC; Upper Allegheny Health System; Venture Forthe Incorporated; Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc.; and WellNow Urgent Care.

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Kelli Piehler, associate director of campus recruitment and talent acquisition for Rochester Regional Health, left, meets with attendees of Alfred State’s spring 2019 nursing and medical-related career fair.