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High school holds Application Day

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | May 03, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Roland Hekker, second from left, of Frontline Print & Web, speaks to Fairfield High School seniors, from left, Cecilia Faircrest, Amiah Neff and Brendon Lunsford Wednesday during Application Day in the FHS Commons.

Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce partnered to hold “Application Day” Wednesday in the FHS Commons.

The event was an opportunity for juniors and seniors to speak with local employers. The school held a similar event in March when it hosted a career fair. That event was about educating students about careers to pursue later in life, while Wednesday’s event told them the companies hiring right now.

To participate in the event and miss the final hour of class, students were required to fill out a generic application form similar to a resume, listing their personal information, hours available to work, references and employment history.

FHS principal Brian Stone said the school posted almost 30 job openings on a hallway wall to give students an idea of which companies are hiring.

“We have 14 businesses here today, and probably 20-30 job openings just in the businesses represented,” Stone said. “This [Application Day] is the first one ever at FHS.”

Senior Finn Malloy said he appreciated the high school and chamber organizing Application Day because he will probably work fulltime before he goes to college. He spoke to Brenda Weeks, who manned a booth representing Drish Construction. Malloy is interested in construction because he likes working outside and is not shy of manual labor.

“Plus, those entry-level jobs pay better,” he said.

Senior Kirsi Bland, like most of the students at the job fair, was more interested in finding summer employment than deciding on a career path. She plans to attend Central College in Pella this fall, but hopes to make some money before then. She spoke to representatives from the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield Public Library, Temp Associates and Frontline Print & Web.

Emma Carlson, a junior, has one more year of high school left, so she’s content to look for a summer job, too. Unfortunately, she’s only 17, and even many summer jobs require employees to be 18.

“If I could, I would love to work at the library,” Carlson said.

Carlson said she would also like to work at a publishing company over the summer.

Senior Cecilia Faircrest plans to attend Iowa State University this fall. She’ll have to find a job that fits with her summer school classes, which she’s taking in the mornings and at night. She’s thinking about working at the convention center, a part-time gig preparing and cleaning up after performances.

Amiah Neff, a senior, plans to attend Simpson College, where she will study pre-nursing and then obtain a bachelor of nursing degree from Allen College in Waterloo. She works at Fairfield True Value now.

“A lot of the jobs here are for men,” she said. “If they do this again next year, I hope they have more jobs for women.”

“There’s a lot of factory work,” Faircrest added.

Neff said most of the students were looking for summer work, but some businesses did not offer summer jobs. In the future, she hopes the school will hold a fair exclusively for summer employment opportunities.

Senior Brendon Lunsford plans to attend LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri, where he will study criminal justice and wrestle.

“I looked at Temp Associates and Agri-Industrial Plastics,” he said. “I’m hoping to work 40 hours per week over the summer. The main thing I’m looking for is to earn money for college.”

Roland Hekker of Frontline Print & Web said one of his shop manager’s will be out on maternity leave this summer, a perfect fit for students looking for a short commitment. He said he’s hired students before, and likes to hire them early in high school so they have enough experience to be full-time after graduation.

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