Part of the Trinity mission is to promote career exploration options for our students. The career fair is a way for students to see what “other” opportunities are available to them outside of a traditional four-year college experience. Lucia Simpson, Chair of Trinity’s Counseling Department, and Sophomore Counselor Devian Logan were instrumental in bringing this event to Trinity. “The career fair started four years ago to reach those students who wanted to explore options after high school that were not your regular four-year college or university experience. We wanted to open their eyes to those educational opportunities in the various trades and other careers related to the interests and talents that they already had,” Simpson said.
The fair, which has representatives from a variety of trades, training programs, and nontraditional college programs, continues to grow in its fourth year, featuring twelve representatives from organizations such as:
- Wagner Electric
- C&S Machine and Manufacturing
- Knights School of Welding
- ACE Mentoring Program
“What we were finding is that, for example, a student who enjoys working on his car may not know about some of the automotive programs and aviation mechanic programs available to him. A student who is artistic and enjoys working with his hands might find a great career learning the art of terrazzo tile flooring. We want our students to find careers that they enjoy and are passionate about. No matter what career path a student chooses, we want him to leave Trinity with an educational plan toward a career he is excited about,” said Simpson.
For Simpson, the career fair aims to encourage Trinity students to follow their passion, regardless of where that passion lies. “I think it is a misconception that if a student doesn’t go to a traditional four-year university, he can’t find a successful career. There are a lot of great programs in our city and state where students can find those careers. More and more people are now recognizing and appreciating the training and expertise that goes into the trades, and programs, such as KYFAME (Ky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education), have been created to educate students in the workforce of tomorrow.”