CJ Job Fair Exceeds Expectations

On March 4, 2009, representatives from nearly 30 criminal justice organizations set up recruiting tables in the LSC Ballroom for the first annual Criminal Justice Job Fair to talk with SHSU Criminal Justice students about employment opportunities in their organizations.

Attending agencies included the U.S. Marshals, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Texas Department of Public Safety, as well as many others in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, victims' services, legal services, security, and forensic science labs.

Student turn-out was also outstanding, said Dr. Holly Miller, who organized the event in conjunction with the SHSU Career Services. "Typically we have between 150-200 graduates during the semester," Dr. Miller said. "We were hoping for a couple of hundred or maybe 250, and 650 students actually attended."

The event proved to be of great benefit to our students, many of whom walked away with solid employment leads. In a survey distributed to the recruiters, organizers asked how many of our students these agencies could see continuing the interview process. According to the responses, around 130 of our students were going to be further interviewed for jobs with the various agencies.

"This event exceeded all our expectations," Dr. Miller said. "We're going to try to do it even bigger and better next year." The next Criminal Justice Job Fair is scheduled for March 3, 2010.

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