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OTC holds career fair for students and the public
Jessica Kelly, 17, left, gets a lesson in Taser technology from Captain Wendell Turner of the Statesboro Police Department during Wednesday's Career Fair at Ogeechee Technical College. Turner likes the exposure of the annual event and says the department hired three officers after making contact at the fair last year.
Evans Memorial Hospital has a lot of Ogeechee Technical College students who do internships at the hospital.
    "We have a lot of students and they always do a very good job," said Salena Rentz, human resources assistant for the hospital.
    So when they were invited to the career fair at the school, they jumped at the chance to try to recruit more nurses. Rentz said she was hoping some of the nursing students from OTC would stop by and show an interest in working with them.
    Evans Memorial Hospital was just one of 85 companies on hand at the fair, which has almost doubled in size over the past four years.
    In fact, Larry Bowen, director of career placement and development, said he's not sure if the fair can increase in size because the school won't have anywhere to put additional tables.
    In addition to Ogeechee Technical College students, the fair was open to the public, something Bowen said was important for the school.
    "We want to make sure employers can look for positions that we might not be able to fill (with OTC students)," Bowen said.
    Tawanda Roberson, an OTC nursing student scheduled to graduate later this month, said the fair was "excellent" and that she'd found several potential places she'd like to work.
    Zenas Lee, another OTC student, said he was impressed with the turnout of both the number of companies on hand as well as the number of job seekers at the fair.
    Lee said he was leaning towards joining the National Guard, which had a table set up at the fair, but was keeping his options open.
    Renee Mock of Merle Norman said they were at the fair in hopes of getting people interested in working there, especially the cosmetology students at OTC.
    "We've hired Ogeechee Technical College students before and they've been great," she said.
    Fred Hill, human resources manager for the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, said in addition to recruiting new workers, they were there to support OTC and its students.
    "We just want to be here to answer any questions anyone may have about future employment with Wal-Mart," he said.
    Overall, Bowen was pleased with the turnout.
    "We've never had one on this scale before," he said.
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