QCHS holds job fair for students, community

Quakertown Community High School stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to meet with local busi­ness­es at the school’s first Job and Career Fair. Monday’s event gave stu­dents the chance to vis­it prospec­tive employ­ers dur­ing the school day. After dis­missal, adults were invit­ed in for the same opportunity.

The focal point is get­ting job oppor­tu­ni­ties for all of our stu­dents,” said Pathways Administrator Jason Magditch. “Overall we were very pleased with the inter­ac­tions our stu­dents had with the out­side indus­try pro­fes­sion­als.  We feel it was a ben­e­fit to our com­mu­ni­ty and stu­dents and we hope to con­tin­ue to build upon each year.”

The event was a resume-building expe­ri­ence for stu­dents, who need­ed to have one to attend the job fair. “They learned the impor­tance of mak­ing a good first impres­sion,” Mr. Magditch said. “I was very proud of them, and heard lots of good things from the busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives about their professionalism.”

Students in grades 10–12 attend­ed the fair. Companies with full-time posi­tions set up in the upper gym­na­si­um, where seniors were able to vis­it. Sophomores and juniors walked the hall­way adja­cent to the Cyber Commons to apply for part-time jobs.

Nearly three dozen employ­ers with avail­able full- and part-time open­ings in atten­dance includ­ed PondWorks, iTEC, QuakerColor, QNB, Shelly’s, Wawa, Wehrungs, M&W Precast & Construction Supply, Work Force pro­grams thru BCCC, Aldi Warehouse, US Navy, Grace Ministries, ESY IU Bucks 22, Chartwells-Quakertown Cafe ser­vices, YMCA-Quakertown, US Marines, LifeQuest, YMCA-Upper Perk, RL Reppert (Ceilings/Partitions/Insulation), LifeSpan, Bergey’s, Hand and Stone, Kwik Goal, ESS, Custom Glass Solutions, Monarch Doors, Klover, Associated Builders and Contractors, Staples, OneSource Staffing, Clemmer Moving and Storage, Vacu-Braze, Leidy’s, Wells Fargo, Kohl’s.

Deanna Burke, a 2019 QCHS grad­u­ate, rep­re­sent­ed QNB Bank, where she began work as an intern in Human Resources and has turned that into a full-time posi­tion. “It’s nice to be back here and help the com­mu­ni­ty,” said Ms. Burke, who’s set to grad­u­ate from DeSales University with a degree in Human Resources Management. “It’s amaz­ing to speak with stu­dents and tell them my sto­ry. There were many who filled out paperwork.”

Two for­mer QCSD admin­is­tra­tors attend­ed the event on behalf of their employ­ers. Rachel Holler, assis­tant exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, said “There’s such a need to add career aware­ness” and cred­it­ed the high school for being on the “fore­front of that.”

Anita Kaseman, a for­mer ben­e­fits man­ag­er in QCSD and Director of Human Resources for Wehrung’s, said it’s “great to give stu­dents a chance to see what’s out there and what kinds of skills they need.”

Principal Mattias van ‘t Hoenderdaal praised the efforts of Mr. Magditch, George Banas, Rachelle Quinter, and staff mem­bers for “putting togeth­er this excep­tion­al pro­gram that ben­e­fits our stu­dents and the Quakertown community.”