Preview: Industrial Tech hiring event

Students interested in the industrial technology field have the opportunity to be interviewed by companies who are offering employment, internships and temporary assignments.

The industrial technology event will be today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Raffi Kahwajian, program specialist for LA Regional Career Pathways, coordinated the hiring event and said it will be specifically for students who are in an industrial technology career path.

“This hiring event is different than a job fair,” Kahwajian said. “This is a group of companies that actually have openings and are trying to connect our students to employment.”

According to Kahwajian, the students are supposed to schedule appointments in advance.

Representatives from Prompt Machine Products, Superior Thread Rolling Cognetix, Repair Tech International, Savage Machining, and Xceliron will be interviewing and mentoring students interested in these career paths.

With the guidance and advice of industry professionals, five students were hired from the previous hiring events, according to Kahwajian.

The hiring event is organized to help students strengthen career pathways between Pierce College and local employers.

Students working toward certificates and degrees in the industry can receive advice and guidance to complete their degrees.

Tracy DiFilippis, Sector Strategies Manager for Goodwill in Southern California, is one of the coordinators for the event.

“Basically for Goodwill our motto is ‘Transforming lives through the power of work’,” DiFilipps said. “And we are a strong partner with the county of Los Angeles, serving workforce development.”

According to David Turcotte, Pierce College counselor, there was a workshop earlier this year to prepare students looking for employment. The workshop advised students on how to present themselves when getting interviewed.

“They’re going to want to dress professionally and have their resumes on hand,” Turcotte said. “They’ll [students] be coming in and sitting down with scheduled slots.”

Director of Career and Technical Education Grants Michael A. Williams organized the event and said partnering with Goodwill brings exposure to the industry.

“We aim for community college students,” Williams said. “Community colleges are the foundation of training. They have a department that focuses on the community and one component is advanced manufacturing.”

Kahwajian said if students are interested in an interview he is not going to reject them despite not having an appointment. If there is a open time slot, he will be more than gladly allow students to ask representatives questions.

According to Kahwajian, the event is granted by LA Regional Career Pathways. They are planning on organizing future events to branch off into other pathways.