Douglass High School hosts job fair for students and community

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COLUMBIA - Douglass High School and its Partners in Education hosted the school's second job fair Wednesday. DHS is the only school in Columbia to host a high school job fair.

Dedan Githegi is the community and internship supervisor for DHS and said one of the goals of the job fair is to prepare students for college and careers. 

"We want them to be prepared to go into the job market, to to learn how to find a job when they graduate," Githegi said. "So this is a way to give them just that, like an advantage on their own to have a situation where there is a job fair in their school. They can come and practice their interview skills, they can practice their elevator speech."

Harry S. Truman Veteran's Hospital, Schnucks, Job Point, Youth Empowerment Zone,C.A.R.E., and the Columbia Tribune work with DHS as Partners in Education.

In preparation for the job fair, the school worked with several of them to host "partner days" where students were invited to tour the partner's businesses. Volunteers also visited DHS to host job fair workshops and a "mock" job fair to prepare students for Wednesday's event.

After all the workshops and "partner days," one freshman said she was still a little nervous, but excited to talk to job recruiters.

"After a while it kind of gets simple," Shelby Acton said. "All they want to know is your age, your grade, what you're interested in doing, and if you're interested in doing part-time or full-time. "

The job fair was open to juniors, seniors and all other students who had resumes and dressed appropriately.

"And we also open it up to the community," Githegi said. "Because we also want to stay relevant to the community."