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University of the Cumberlands hosts career fair


University of the Cumberlands senior Bubba Ruppe speaks with employers at UC’s Career Fair on Wednesday, March 30.

Williamsburg, Ky.-- University of Cumberlands hosted a career fair on Wed., March 30 that opened the doors for many students to apply for internships and full-time positions after graduation. Sponsored by Career Services, Alumni Services and the Student Activities departments, the event included more than 20 businesses and organizations and 10 graduate schools.

“The career fair is open for all students to learn about career opportunities including summer and part-time jobs as well as internships and full-time positions after graduation,” said Debbie Harp, Cumberlands’ career services director. “Students may also talk with representatives of various graduate programs.”


Senior Brian Hubbard speaks with an employer at the career fair.

Since 1991, Cumberlands has hosted multiple career and graduate school fairs on campus as well as in Lexington, Ky. in conjunction with the Spotlight Career Fair. At the career fair in Lexington, Cumberlands teamed up with other private colleges and universities in the state to give students an opportunity to interact with potential employers and graduate school representatives.

“A career fair is the perfect opportunity for students to meet face to face with recruiters, to learn about employment opportunities and to sharpen their communication skills,” said Harp. “Someday students will no longer be on their parent’s payroll and will need a good job to earn a living. Career Services is the place to begin preparing for the transition to the work force by getting assistance with resume writing, interview skills and employment opportunities.”

Multiple companies and organizations attended the event in hopes of finding future employees. These included 21st Mortgage, AIKCU-Frankfort Legislative Internship Program, AmeriCorps*Kentucky College Coaches, Area Health Education Center, BuildCorps*AmeriCorps, Christian Appalachian Project/VISTA, CSC, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care Center, Daniel Boone Center, FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Flowers Bakery, Knox County Schools, My University Mobile, The Work Connection, US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Social Security (Corbin), and the Whitley County School system.

With graduation quickly approaching, I am bound and determined to find a job,” said University of the Cumberlands student Justin Norman. “When the opportunity arose to participate in the career fair I was very pleased that 21st Mortgage was going to be here because I was planning on applying for a position as a Financial Counselor."

Representatives from the Whitley County School system were on hand looking for students interested in positions as a teacher’s assistant while also offering college students looking for community service hours, who also have a love for coaching and playing sports, the opportunity to help coach in their sports camps.

“We look forward to hiring some great teachers from University of the Cumberlands,” said Frank Shelton of the Knox County Public School system. “We had a great turn out and collected 27 applications!"

Ashley Barton with the Social Security office in Corbin was offering positions as service representatives and claims representatives. "I have met with several well informed individuals today and look forward to working with some of them in the future,” said Barton.

Dixie Hamblin with Flowers Bakery of London was looking for college students this summer to work second and third shift. Starting the first of June, college students will be able to earn a significant income working over the summer.

Also in attendance were schools representing their institution’s graduate programs to assist students that are thinking about pursuing their education at a higher level. Those colleges represented were Asbury University, Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta), Richmont Graduate University, UK College of Social Work, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville Interdisciplinary & Graduate Studies, and the University of the Cumberlands Graduate Admissions.

“The University of the Cumberlands career fair was absolutely worth every second of our time, and I am already looking forward to next year,” said Matt Koehn with Reformed Theological Seminary.

The college fair is hosted annually to assist Cumberlands students with the opportunity to speak directly with company representatives.