BRCC’s ABG Business Honor Society hosts fourth annual Career Expo

Job seekers are encouraged to attend the fourth annual Alpha Beta Gamma Business Honor Society Career Expo on Tuesday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., at Blue Ridge Community College’s Plecker Workforce Center and the Advanced Technology Building.

The Expo will offer career seminars, job finding assistance, employer exhibitors, a résumé clinic, tours of the new Advanced Technology Building and giveaways of gas cards.

“The focus of the Expo is to help students find necessary tools to build careers, and if needed, find part-time jobs in a challenging marketplace,” said Audrey Lail, PhD, assistant professor of business management and ABG advisor.

Several seminars, all held in the Plecker Center Auditorium, will help accomplish this goal:

  • At 11 a.m., Patrick Sturges, tour manager with Casterbridge Tours, will explain the benefits of international education and travel abroad opportunities. Sturges, from Sorges, France, has led BRCC’s last two travel abroad seminars in Great Britain.
  • Two highly successful BRCC graduates, Bruce Bowman, DVM and Rosalie Nicosia, will discuss how their start at Blue Ridge helped launch their dynamic careers. Dr. Bowman, a BRCC Board member, founded Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic in 1988. Nicosia has served as Chief Operating Officer for Whitaker Securities in New York since 2003. Dr. John Downey, BRCC president, will moderate this panel discussion at 2 p.m.
  • At 3:30 p.m., back by popular demand, Ben Irick, financial advisor with LPL Financial Services, and Jim Leech will lead a symposium on career building. Irick will impress upon students the necessity of not only preparing for a good career, but also doing the right things to build wealth in that career. Leech, BRCC manufacturing technology instructor, will encourage students to use their leadership skills to compete successfully for the job of their dreams. Dr. Kevin Ratliff, dean of Business, Humanities, Workforce Services and Continuing Education, will moderate.
  • Throughout the day, ABG students will assist attendees in accessing various job banks. Area employers with both full-time and part-time positions available will be on hand. The Expo is sponsored by the BRCC Educational Foundation, the Cultural Affairs Committee, the Division of Business, Humanities, Workforce Services and Continuing Education, Casterbridge Tours and ABG.

For more information, contact Dr. Audrey Lail at 540.453.2411.


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