First Ever Engineering & Computing Fair in September

On September 20, Calvin hosted the 2018 Engineering and Computing Career Fair for engineering, math, information systems, data science, digital communication and computer science majors. The fair was held at the Prince Conference Center in the Willow and Great Halls from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It included 52 companies like Auto-Owners Insurance, Tetra Tech, Plascore, CQL, SonSet, DTE Energy, TEKsystems, TWR International, TGW Systems, Steelcase, Progressive AE, Open Systems Technology and many others. In previous years the fair had been held in February, but it was moved up to September this year to give students ample time to complete their application processes.

In an interview with Laurie Lemmen, the communication and marketing manager for the Career Center, Lemmen told Chimes about the good feedback she received from most of the employers that attended the fair. “The employers told me that this was the best fair ever. One employer told me that talking to students gave him hope for humanity,” said Lemmen. Also, Lemmen told Chimes about the upcoming events organized by the Career Center, which include the Accounting and Finance Career Fair on September 26 at the Prince Conference Center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Calvin Networking Event at Amway on October 2 at the Amway World Headquarters from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the Grand Valley State (GVSU) Career Fair on October 16 at the DeVos Place Convention Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Calvin will provide shuttles for students who would like to attend the GVSU Career fair. The shuttle is free for all students and faculty and leaves from the flagpole near the Spoelhof Center to the DeVos Place Convention Center and back. The shuttle leaves the campus at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The shuttle returning to Calvin leaves the DeVos Place Convention Center at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In her closing remarks, Lemmen encouraged students to always follow up with employers after handing over their resumes and to apply online at the company’s website in order to increase their chances of getting their desired jobs and internships.