The five career areas of the 17 degree areas highlighted at the event were: health; business and leadership; science and technology; communication and creativity and community service.
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Employers appreciated the one-stop shopping approach set up by Miami officials.
“I like it,” said Scott Osterfeld, director of organizational development for Dayton-based Echoing Hills Village. “It’s great having so many degrees in the same place.”
“We’re hiring lots of different folks in the human services so I talked to the Human Services, Psychology and Communications (degree departments) for internships and I would love to have more folks come and work for our organization,” said Osterfeld.
Brennan Burks, spokesman for the Miami University Middletown regional campus, said “this is the first ever, reverse job fair … and we’re trying to connect our new degrees (offered at the regionals) to our employers in the region.”
“We’re trying to not only build pipelines for our students and future employees but also connections to help industry and education build our communities in the region,” said Burks.
The event offered area employers the chance to learn how the regionals are preparing students to meet the needs of local and regional employers, said school officials. And it was also an opportunity for employers can learn how to increase their presence and visibility on-campus in an effort to connect with academically qualified students.
Brooke Flinders, an interim associate dean of the Miami regionals, said “I love the idea that we can connect with people in our community and that we can find out from them what their needs are and then figure out pathways that exist — or pathways that can created — to meet the needs of our employers and also our students.”
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