Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

College of the Desert Employers Meet Students

Contact: Ken Lamont, Coordinator, Career Center

43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260

760-773-2524; Klamont@collegeofthedesert.edu

The Employers Meet Students practice is designed to offer career development experiences that allow students to consider nontraditional careers and to broaden career choices for LEP students. Each spring and fall the colleges hosts an "Employers Meet Students" series. These three-day events host 23 of the area’s largest employers. Employers are organized into the following categories: Hotel & Resorts, Law Enforcement, Communications, Hospitals, Forestry & Parks/Recreation; Banking & Finance; Government, and Education. Students are interviewed by and conduct informational interviews with the employers. As part of these events, students are also invited to attend job search workshops hosted by the Job Placement specialist.  The workshops assist students in preparing for an interview by covering a number of topics including resume writing, mock interviews, dress for success, etc.

Comments solicited from employers after each event are used to improve the next one. Comments are also reported to the administration in the "College of the Desert Career Center Year-end Report and Goals."