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PENDLETON — Tri-County Technical College’s upcoming criminal justice career fair is a chance for students and the public to present themselves and their resumes to potential employers and get one step closer to landing a job.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 27 in the Café of the College’s Pendleton Campus.

“This is the only criminal justice career fair in the Upstate,” said Criminal Justice (CRJ) Program Coordinator and event organizer Chris McFarlin. “The goal is to bring CRJ students and the general public together to meet agency employers, learn about what jobs are available and possibly secure employment. I’m asking my students to dress as if it will be a job interview and to bring resumes in hand.”

The event is not just for those interested in working in law enforcement, said McFarlin. Representatives from police and sheriff’s departments, correctional institutions and pardon and parole services, as well as college and universities also will be present.

A staffing agency will be present so anyone looking for jobs outside of criminal justice also could benefit from the event, said McFarlin.

Not all police departments require a two-year degree, but law enforcement applicants with associate degrees definitely have more opportunities than those who don’t have a degree, he said. A college-educated officer shows more sophisticated problem-solving skills, better oral and written communication skills, and has an exposure to different cultures that makes one better prepared to police a diverse society, he added.

“The more educated and prepared you are, the more successful you will be at the Criminal Justice Academy and at your job. A two-year degree allows for pay increases, as well as promotions, placement on special teams and more responsibility when working with many local, state and federal criminal justice agencies,” he said.

Also during the Career Fair, agencies will give presentations about their requirements.

“It’s an opportunity to find out how to position yourself to be competitive and to help you get the job with specific agencies. The agencies giving presentations will discuss their hiring standards, recruitment processes and steps to employment, as well as benefit and salary information,” said McFarlin.

“This is our signature event. We’ve had this event for several years and it’s always been good. We’ve grown it every year. Because it has gotten bigger, we decided to widen the net to include the public. This is a win-win for everyone involved — the students can meet employers, employers can meet prospective job candidates and the public can see what Tri-County Technical College is all about.”

For more information, contact McFarlin at 646-1327 or cmcfarli@tctc.edu.

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