Cerritos College News Release - April 2009

Cerritos College’s Career Expo A Grand Success

Annual Job Fair Draws Over 500 Attendees


Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287

a student speaking with a participating employer at Career ExpoNORWALK, Calif. - April 1, 2009 - Cerritos College Career Services/Job Placement Center hosted its annual Career Expo March 26. Over 40 employees from local businesses, government agencies, school districts to Fortune 500 companies participated. Recruiters from each organization provided information on job and internship opportunities to attendees during the event.

Employers represented this year include Aflac, Avon, Chick-Fil-A, City of La Mirada, Disney College Program, FedEx, Jiffy Lube, LA Airport Police, Primerica, Security One, Southeast ROP, UPS, US Army National Guard and Westminster School District among others.

A wide variety of occupations such as accounting, administrative, engineering, marketing, mechanic, sales, security officers were available for attendees to explore.

Reflecting the economic downturn, the event saw more attendees this year than ever. “I am here to collect job information for my husband who has been laid off,” said a community member. This time attendees were well prepared and more eager to connect with the employers due to the severe job market, which pleased the employers who look for qualified candidates.

 “I got some great candidates who are specifically looking for a job in finance,” said Thomas Hogue from Primerica Financial Services. “This is my fifth Career Expo, and I see more well-prepared attendees who are seriously looking for a job this time.”

“We are very happy with the turnout this time which is greater,” said Terrie Lopez, director of career services at Cerritos College, “in terms of the number of attendees, student preparedness and employer satisfaction.”
“We are here to bridge the gap between our students and employers.”


Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 200 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 26,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.