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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

High school students seek jobs at PSS Career Fair

Power99 employees Alexandra Servantes and DJ “Big Mama” smile for the Saipan Tribune during yesterday afternoon’s Public School System Career Fair at the Hyatt Regency Saipan. (Jayson Camacho) High school students hopped from booth to booth in search of potential jobs at the Public School System’s Career Fair yesterday afternoon at the Hyatt Regency Saipan. More than 25 companies participated in the fair.

Tyce Mister, teacher and coordinator for the Marianas High School’s Cooperative Education and Training Program, said the goal yesterday was to build students’ confidence in meeting a variety of businesses and learning about them.

“I am happy with the turnout,” he added.

Mister said the students would be doing interviews with some of the companies and then soon after would be doing interviews with other companies outside the career fair.

The students would then be trained for about 10 hours a week. They receive school credits and internships with the company that chooses them.

“For my students, I recommended that they do three different interviews to see if they’re offered a training position and begin training for the rest of the semester,” said Mister.

One of Mister’s students at Marianas High School, Maria Fe Zinampan, 18, was nervous at first but started feeling better as she went along with the program.

“I want to experience new jobs and I want to explore more of what I really want to do in the future,” she said. Her goal is to have a job under finance and accounting.

So far, Zinampan had visited the booths of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., Pacific Islands Club, Joeten, Triple J, and Brabu.

One of the more popular companies at the career fair was Power 99. Alexandra Servantes, a Power 99 employee, said they entertained about 20 students and a lot of them “are mostly interested in being radio DJs.”

To become one, “you have to first do hands-on experience and get comfortable and it’s a possibility they might hire you or be on-call.”

One student even asked Servantes about checking out the studio while other students wanted to do sales.

PSS presenter Lucretia Borja said, “PSS has always been involved and is very supportive of the program since it provides opportunities for students to go over the interview process and training”

The PSS Career Fair was co-organized by Mister and Chris Tenorio.

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