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CVTC Career Fair draws record employers

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - It was elbow to elbow at an Eau Claire job fair today and we're just talking about the companies that were there. 

The CVTC career fair was in full swing Wednesday afternoon.

"This year we have 84 employer booths," says Natti Marlaire of CVTC Student Services.

This is up 16 employers from last year, which is their highest fall turnout yet.

"I think it's a sign that the economy is recovering and employers are starting to employ students and their businesses are growing," Marlaire says.

Which isn't just good news for the economy, it's also good news for students who've been honing their skills.

"I'm excited. I'd love to see what the future holds. I'd love to be in a career," says Adrienne Grover, a Business Management student at CVTC.

"Knowing there are more than 80 businesses here says there is a great market in the Eau Claire area," Grover says.

"When we ask employers to come to the career fair, we ask them what programs they are interested in hiring and we specifically locate those employers at that campus," Marlaire says.

"Agri-science is the biggest one. We're always looking for good quality service techs. We have hired interns and regular techs from here. They always know their stuff and they adapt really well," says Megan Lane of Tractor Central.

Students and staff say finding a job is a two-way street.

"I think networking is key, just putting yourself out there, getting uncomfortable," Grover says.

We asked organizers how many interviews were done and how many jobs offers were made at the fair.  They said they don't keep track, but said the turnout was so strong,  they're optimistic a lot of connections were made.

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