New, current and potential students of Southeast Community College in Beatrice picked up freebies, signed up for intramural sports, got their blood pressure checked and learned about businesses and organizations within the community and college Tuesday evening at the SCC Welcome Event.

New students Austin Melton and Nathan Cast, both in the diversified agriculture program, stopped by some of the many booths that were set up outside the Kennedy Center from 4-6 p.m.

They signed up for football, basketball and volleyball intramural sports teams on their way to the book store.

“We probably wouldn’t have signed up if this event wasn’t here,” Cast said.

Student ambassador Jesse Meints stood at a table to tell students how they can get paid to give prospective students tours and information while also learning more about the college and meeting new people.

“This is the first time we’ve done this,” Meints said of the event. “I think the main goal is for it be a trial run so we can do it again in the future.”

The student ambassador table held information, pens and candy.

“Every college student loves free stuff,” Meints said.

Tess Mangnall stood at the booth for Beatrice Family Chiropractic.

“We just like to be out in the public and talk to people about what we do and the benefits of chiropractic care,” Mangnall said.

From the booth, Mangnall shared information and offered to schedule a free exam, x-ray and consultation for visitors to learn about the condition of their spines.

Teresa Aden, Human Resources specialist for Mosaic, waited for visitors to stop so she could tell them about available jobs and what Mosaic does.

“It’s amazing how many people don’t know what we do,” Aden said.

The organization serves individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Similarly, Carin Byleveld representing Beatrice State Developmental Center told students and others about the center and the jobs available.

Kari Janssen, workforce coordinator with the Nebraska Department of Labor, showed SCC students and others how the department can help them find jobs that are hiring right now.

“We’re here to network about all of our resources we have available in the office regarding employment and training and anything related to employment,” Janssen said.

Janssen works in the employment and training office under the umbrella of the department. A lot of students don’t know they’re located on campus in the one-stop community service center in Adams Hall, she said. The office also helps job seekers build resumes and cover letters and fill out online applications.

Fliers on the table advertised upcoming job fairs and other events. The local department’s Operation EMPLOY (Employers Matching People to Long-term Opportunities in Your community) is on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 3-6 p.m., and will have at least seven area employers who are hiring and can speak to potential employees.

Several of the employers at the SCC Welcome Event catered to students by advertising part-time hours and tuition assistance.

Other organizations and businesses represented at the Tuesday event included SCC student clubs, the Hope Crisis Center, banks, insurance companies, Woods Brothers Realty, the YMCA and others.


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