The winter Career Fair in the Restall Sports Center was “immensely successful” with 88 companies represented, four colleges and universities, and three branches of the military, said Margaret “Weemie” Kingham, placement director and organizer of the event.

“I don’t think the students realize it, but all of those people were there to hire them. There were so many jobs to choose from that it was overwhelming. Our students are unbelievably fortunate to have so many companies interested in hiring them.

“Now is the tough part for our students, deciding which company they want to start their careers with. But, it’s good to have options. I also think a lot of jobs were cemented that day, some with interviews on the spot and some that were begun awhile ago.”

She said all of Williamson’s trades were well represented with plenty of companies to pursue for employment. And, companies came from a much wider geographic area than in the past, including North Carolina, Michigan, Connecticut, and Mississippi. “It’s staggering how we can pull in companies from all over, they really want to come to this.”

Kingham stressed that it is not the trade skills that set Williamson graduates apart, but their character traits. “Our product is not the trade, it is the character. Williamson is ahead in character development of its students. Our core values are very important; most high schools and colleges do not stress such things.”

Kingham was impressed with the number of alumni in attendance, representing their companies. “These Williamson graduates take great pride in their company and great pride in their school. They are happy to show off where they started to their employers and they love meeting with our students.

“Graduates are the best way to get through to our students. When they ask them questions about a company they know they will get honest answers and won’t be misled.”

She added that there were a number of alumni at the fair looking for work. “I cannot stress enough that our alumni are always welcome at our Career Fairs. We are happy to help them in their career pursuits.”

Kingham was pleased to see Williamson represented so well by the staff and faculty, including President Rounds, and the board of trustees, including Bill Bonenberger 7W9, board chairman, and Art Lallo 7W9, board vice chairman. “Their presence and interaction with the company representatives demonstrates their concern for Williamson and its students.”

She also offers a big ‘Thank you’ to all the faculty and staff who worked so hard to make the event a success. “This really is a group effort and it would not be as successful without the support of so many people.”

The sponsorships were again very successful with ten companies registered as Chairman Sponsors, the highest category: Axalta Coating Systems; Cyma, Builders & Construction Managers, Inc.; D.R. Horton Inc.; Exelon Generation; Granite Services Inc.; Milacron Plastics Machinery Americas; Pepco Holdings, Inc.; Shearon Environmental Design; Storm Technologies, Inc.; and Timet.

Chairman sponsorships include registration for both the fall and spring Career Fairs, a full-page advertisement in the Career Fair booklet, an opportunity to make a presentation to specified students in a particular trade, and an Assembly Hour presentation, among other perks.

The next Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 8 AM to noon with presentations and interviews taking place from 1-3 PM. For more information, to make a reservation, or to become a sponsor, visit www.williamson.edu/student-life/career-services/career-fairs/ or contact Margaret Kingham at 610-566-1776, ext. 247, or mkingham@williamson.edu.