Career and Student Employment Coordinator Ann Mitchell and assistant Armando Murillo put up a banner for next week's job fair at the CAC-Maricopa campus. Photo by R. Mason Callejas

By R. Mason Callejas

Next week the Central Arizona College Maricopa campus will be hosting its third annual Job Fair for CAC students.



The fair is one of several conducted at various CAC campuses under the direction of its Department of Student Employment and Career Services. The relatively new and architecturally intriguing Maricopa campus has seen steady growth since its construction in 2013, and thus has no shortage of bright minds eager to explore career opportunities.
Coordinator of career and student employment Ann Mitchell said the event has a dual purpose “to help students find information about the careers they’re interested in, as well [as] help them find full-time, part-time or temporary employment.”


Meant to promote local and state wide employment opportunities for Central Arizona College students, the event has likewise gained popularity among Arizona businesses seeking to fill positions within their growing organizations with driven and educated employees.


Student employment and career services assistant Armando Murillo expects to have a high level of business participation in Maricopa this year as recent events at other campuses have also exhibited growth.


“We had one [job fair] yesterday in Apache Junction and we gained probably seven to 10 employers,” Murillo said. “A lot of them last minute, because they found out how successful the event actually is.”


The Maricopa campus event will include a diverse group of local and state wide employers. Some of those participants include Native American-owned businesses like Harrah’s Ak-Chin and the Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center, educational institutions such as the Maricopa Unified School District and Northern Arizona University, child and healthcare providers, law enforcement agencies and many more.


To date there are more than 24 businesses or organizations scheduled to participate, a number which is expected to grow as the fair approaches.


The Job Fair will be in room A-101 at the CAC’s Maricopa campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.


For a full list of participating employers please see the updated list linked here.