Some 500 come for job fair at SF College


Robert Walker with Modern Woodmen of America talks about his company during the spring job fair at Santa Fe College on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla.

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Published: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 7:11 p.m.

Students and locals flocked to the Santa Fe College gymnasium on Saturday, where 35 business booths were lined up for the Spring Job Fair.

About 500 people roved around the gym throughout the day, said Bruce Gordon, a coordinator for Career and Job Placement at SF College, who also noted that the event "drew the entire community together in search of a common interest."

"These were all people you're living with," Gordon said of the visitors to the fair, which was sponsored by the Florida Employer Advisory Council, Santa Fe Career and Job Placement Services, FloridaWorks and Asterisk Communications. "This is your community."

Ahriana and Kenny Hill, who've been married a little more than a year, showed up with a manila folder of resumes. Ahriana, 20, came dressed in a flower-print blouse. Her heels clicked as she strode across the floor. Her husband, Kenny, wore a black dress shirt, khaki slacks and a wristwatch.

At the end of the day, Ahriana secured an interview with Waffle House.

"We're also about to leave here in a couple minutes to go to a Sonic interview for Kenny," Ahriana said. "I'm currently not employed, so this was extremely helpful for both of us."

Currently a student at SF College, Ahriana said someday she wants to be a neonatal nurse.

Kenny, also 20, is in the National Guard. He took a semester off at SF College, he said. Eventually, he wants to transfer to the University of Florida, sign up for ROTC and become a commissioned officer.

Together, the Hills raise a daughter as well.

"It's a little more crazy than for the average 20-year-old," Ahriana laughed, "but we make it work."

Brittany Lipke, a 21-year-old SF College student, showed up Saturday with two jobs already under her belt — but she wanted something closer to school.

Lipke is a cashier at Winn Dixie and is a job search assistant at the Career Resource Center at SF College. The problem is, the Winn Dixie is nearly an hour away in Orange Park, where her family also lives. On weekends, she drives back, works her shifts and balances school work on the side.

"I'd like something more conveniently placed," she said, "especially because I'm transferring to UF in the fall."

Lipke said that after the job fair, she was going to study for her history and accounting exams that are both on Monday.

But she doesn't regret spending her time looking for a better job.

"I think the fair is a great thing," she said. "Everybody should take advantage of it and network, because you never know who will show up in your future again."

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