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Nearly 40 Potential Employers Show Up to Spring Job Fair

Thursday, April 4, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Job FairA chance meeting with Texas State Technical College’s Director of Institutional Advancement Amy Lynch led to Rocky Gonzalez’s presence at the TSTC Spring Job Fair on Thursday at the Cultural Arts Center.

Gonzalez, the client relations director with Dallas-based Epic Health Services, met Lynch on a flight from Dallas to Harlingen earlier this year. Small talk led Lynch to extend an invitation to Gonzalez to a Board of Regents mixer in February at TSTC where Gonzalez met other administrators and staff of the college.

“After speaking to (Director of Career Services) Susan (Holmes), I’m sure we can and I hope we do develop a strong relationship between TSTC and Epic Health Services,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve kept our lines of communication open and I hope we continue to get involved with TSTC in the future as much as possible.”

On Thursday Gonzalez was on campus with the purpose of recruiting nurses. Epic Health has been in business over 15 years but their presence in the Valley is only going on three. Gonzalez said most of that time has been in the Mid to Upper Valley and hopes they can break into the Harlingen and Brownsville area soon.

Epic specializes in pediatric and hires LVN and RNs along with all therapists. Gonzalez hopes TSTC can soon be a pipeline of nurses not just for Epic not just locally but statewide as well.

“We can give these nurses real world experience right away,” Gonzalez said.

Epic health Services was one of nearly 40 potential employers that TSTC students could visit with during the fair.

Other employers included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Toyota, the United States Department of Agriculture, Sears and the Harlingen School District.

Mechatronics instructor Roland Leija was on hand with a couple of his students visiting with National Oilwell Varco, an equipment and service provider for the oil and gas industry.

Leija said these job fairs are great opportunities for students to meet potential employers and get a firsthand look at what these companies are looking for in potential employees.

“I tell them even if they’re not ready to graduate yet, it’s a great chance to network and meet people,” Leija said.

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