The Merced Adult School job fair, designed to help students prepare for seeking employment, took place Wednesday in the East Campus Educational Center gymnasium.
More than 540 students at the school, including those taking English as a second language, computer and office technology, adult basic education and GED or high school diploma classes, were involved in the morning program.
Approximately 30 professional companies, colleges and agencies were present. Merced Adult School has held biannual Career Week activities for 11 years and a job fair or other employment-related activities for 10 years.
While fall activities are for initial career exploration, spring activities cover applications, résumés, interviews, guest panels and job fairs.
In all programs, Adult School students have prepared employment portfolios, engaged in mock interviews and participated in job fair etiquette training before attending the job fair. Students in computers and office technology programs helped conduct mock interviews with students in other programs.
Those leading the job fair included Kristin Blanchard, program manager; Karina Ortega, transition specialist; Sylvia Bullock, resource teacher for career and technical education; and Henry Sandoval, a computer and office technology student.