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Job fair brings employers to Iowa Lakes students

By Staff | Mar 6, 2008

Paul Plumb of Arnolds Park Amusement Park and Anna Sanderson of Rembrandt Enterprises met with Iowa Lakes Community College students during the job fair Wednesday at Iowa Lakes in Estherville. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

A number of human resources professionals came to Iowa Lakes Community College this week to seek out applicants for career positions.

The job fair was held at Emmetsburg Tuesday and Estherville Wednesday. Both days, representatives from such varied employers as the Iowa Highway Patrol, the entertainment industry, and the pork industry recruited employees.

Tony Wagnitz, program director at Camp Foster YMCA, said he’s currently seeking seasonal applicants. New employees undergo a week of staff training.

“We’re looking more for a personality to fit rather than a special skill,” Wagnitz said.

The ideal personality would be someone who is outgoing and enjoys the outdoors and being with children. Most camp counselors are college age.

Tony Wagnitz, program director at Camp Foster YMCA, said Camp Foster is now looking for seasonal employees. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Audrey Niemann of Wild Rose Casino & Resort said employees in the banquet and restaurant areas of the resort can be under 21.

“The response has been very positive,” Niemann said of students indicating an interest in positions Wednesday.

Niemann said Wild Rose will adjust work schedules for students working in the food and beverage areas so they can attend classes. She noted an excellent working relationship with Iowa Lakes Community College which is training students for the hospitality and casino industry.

“We value the talent and the enthusiasm they bring to our organization,” she said of the Iowa Lakes students Wild Rose hires.

“We’ve had some interest,” acknowledged Cheri Skinner of Cadre Teleservices of Terril and Royal.

Skinner said the skills that Cadre is seeking would include people with good communication skills and, preferably, sales ability.

Jack Walsh, director of human resources for New Fashion Pork, was actively seeking individuals to fill positions as an accounting specialist and network administrator.

Walsh said New Fashion is willing to train the right person and offers competitive wages.

New Fashion is in six states with 315 employees and owns its own feed mills and construction company.

As a fully integrated company, New Fashion Pork strives to help keep family farmers on the farm through its production contracts.

“It’s a way that they can stay on the farm,” Walsh said.

Anyone interested in either the accounting specialist or network administrator position can contact Walsh at 507-847-4610, FAX 507-847-6218 or E-mail HR@nfpinc.com