The ballroom in The Oaks at Lanier Charter Career Academy buzzed with the sound of students excitedly discussing their futures.
Nearly 30 colleges, universities and companies from across the state sent representatives Monday to the C3 Fair at Lanier Charter Career Academy. Students ages 16 and older were able to meet recruiters and potential employers and take home applications for schools and jobs.
The C3 Fair connects students to colleges, careers and community organizations that may interest them, according to workforce development coach Kim Guy.
Lanier Islands, one of the largest employers in Hall County, sent a representative with a list of immediate job openings, including part-time, full-time and seasonal work.
Other representatives were present from the National Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. Probations Office, Kubota, Gainesville Fire Department, Axiom Staffing Group, McDonald’s and more.
Leah Sheets, school representative for Woodruff Medical Training and Testing, said she was impressed by the school and its students.
“I think it’s really good for these kids to have these opportunities and talk to all these reps,” she said.
Sheets said she had a great deal of interest from students, and she discussed careers in medical assisting with them. Woodruff has a training and testing facility on E.E. Butler Parkway in Gainesville.
Nearly 15 colleges were represented at the fair, including Albany State University, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Brenau University, Columbus State University and more.
Students were able to ask questions about the application process and seek advice about making a selection.
Student Brittany Dodd said she picked up an application to Albany State, where she wants to study nursing. Her classmate Kimberly Sancen also wants to attend Albany State and study art and music.
The fair is part of a recently launched program, according to Guy, designed to help students achieve their goals.
“This year, LCCA launched a Coaching for Success program to connect each student with a mentor,” Guy said. “The program vision is to help our students navigate their high school years and identify a career path based on personal interests, strengths and desires.”
Students work through college and career activities in the program and connect with their coach once a month in a 45-minute coaching session.
“These students are prepared to ‘land a job’ and/or find the perfect college fit based on their career aspirations and future goals,” Guy said.