Rockland Community College President Dr. Cliff L. Wood said conversations with students often remind him why the school takes part in the annual job fair that drew nearly 70 businesses to the Eugene Levy Fieldhouse Tuesday.
"When I talked to students and ask what they want, they of course are here for an education, but what they consistently say is they want to be able to take care of themselves," Wood said. "They want to be able to take care of the people taht they love. To do that, they have to have meaningful employment. That's why we are involved in this."
The 15th Annual Job Fair at RCC was hosted by the college and State Senator David Carlucci, himself a product of the school.
"RCC is truly a gem in our State University of New York systeme. I’m so proud to represent Rockland Commuity college in the State Senate," Carlucci said. "Today we are doing our part, working together as a community to drive down the unemployment rate."
In addition to businesses represented, agencies such as the New York Department of Labor, Rockland BOCES, the Rockland County Dept. of Personnel and Tomorrow's Workplace set up tables at the fair.
Thom Kleiner, the NYS Dept. of Labor's Hudson Valley Regional Representative said it was important for job seekers to take advantage of the resources available to them such as Tomorrow's Workplace, which provides aid in the process of finding a job.
"This is a great opportunity for job seekers in Rockland and the Hudson Valley to have one-on-one contact, which is extremely important in a job search.