Second annual Career Fair to be held today at Salem High School

SALEM — Area students in grades 7-12 and their parents have an opportunity to explore career possibilities by talking with actual businesses in the Salem area during the Second Annual Career Fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in the Salem High School cafeteria.

They can even get dinner for a dollar as part of the deal. Community members can also attend.

“The idea of this is to expose students to career options, to show them there are great career options right here. You don’t have to leave Columbiana County to have a wonderful career,” event planner Julie Needs said.

Needs is the executive director of the Sustainable Opportunities Development Center in Salem and oversees economic development activities for the city of Salem. Last year was the first career fair, geared mostly to Salem students and local manufacturers. She said 139 students and parents attended.

“We had wonderful feedback from the parents and students and especially the employers,” she said.

This year they’ve tried to promote it in other schools and there are six more companies participating. She suggested all the companies make students aware that they don’t just need manufacturing labor, but also engineers, IT specialists, human resources, accountants and sales people.

She also asked that they share wages so students and parents have an idea of the kind of living they can offer. She wants them to expose students to the fact they can go to trade school and work at the same time in some cases.

If a student decides to go to college for a degree, Needs said they can still come back to Salem and have a career, depending on their field.

The event is sponsored by the SOD Center, Salem City Schools and the Columbiana County Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council. Mahoning County ESC career counselors assisted with some of the business recruitment. All students in Columbiana County schools and schools in the surrounding area, such as West Branch, South Range or Sebring, are invited to attend. There’s no cost except if they want dinner — and that’s just a dollar.

Companies scheduled to participate include: American Standard, BOC Water Hydraulics, Butech Bliss, Church Budget Envelope & Mailing Co., Compco Quaker Mfg/Firestone Laser, CTM Labeling, Fresh Mark, HK Technologies, MAC Trailer, Regional Council of Carpenters, Salem Regional Medical Center, Tri Ohio Realty, Ventra Salem, Whispering Pines, Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing, Kent State University, OhioMeansJobs/MCTA, Ohio Valley College of Technology, Salem High School Alumni Association and TDDS.