On Sept. 21, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee hosted its 2018 Gateway Automotive and Collision Job Fair at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL.
A dozen schools attended the job fair, bringing 780 automotive and collision students and 250 STEM students from local schools.
According to St. Louis I-CAR Committee Chair Shelly Jones, “This job fair is important, as it engages students, employers and companies that rely on a healthy automotive industry, and proceeds benefit the collision programs at area schools.
“Gene Slattery, education coordinator for the committee, led the job fair subcommittee through planning and execution. Leading up to the event, Gene and I spoke at some of the schools to prepare the students for the day of activities and interviewing. The 780 students that the committee invited all wore our custom t-shirt that we provided them. We find that students and instructors proudly wear their t-shirts throughout the year. Their excitement about attending the job fair and race track is shared with their friends and family.”
St. Louis I-CAR Committee Vice Chair of Marketing Sarah Young added, “The event was a huge success. From the early organizing to the actual event, everyone on the committee did a great job of making sure the students who attended had the best possible opportunities throughout the day. This was my first time at the I-CAR STL Job Fair, so I didn't know what to expect, but it was a great success. I particularly enjoyed watching the expressions of eager students as they talked with potential employers and especially during the special guest speaker.”
Held during NHRA qualification races, the event featured a speech by Top Fuel racer Antron Brown.
Slattery noted, “Just imagine 780 students walking through the NHRA pits, asking questions and handing out resumes to all the pit crews. They were the talk of the drag races.”
“Any time we can put faces with a cause is key. In this industry, there is so much need for furthering the future, from technicians to office personnel,” Young pointed out.