The Kaskaskia College Department of Business and Industry sponsored a Human Resources Summit on Wednesday, April 10 at the Lifelong Learning Center on the main campus. Over 30 human resources representatives from a diverse range of area companies were in attendance, including those in manufacturing, service, retail, food distribution and restaurants, and nursing home facilities. The summit featured presentations on “Critical Work Skills,” “College Central Job Network,” “Generations Y & Z,” and general roundtable discussions on issues faced by HR professionals. Of those companies surveyed, all plan to add jobs in 2013.
The summit was both informative and interactive. Attendees were able to use the topics as jumping off points for discussion with a number of ideas presented to deal with ongoing issues in the human resources field. A number of participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to network with other professionals in an open discussion.
Art Borum, KC’s Business and Industry Representative, asked the attendees to complete a survey, and was excited by the results. Borum said, “Of those who completed the survey, each and every company plans to fill vacancies in 2013.” Attendees also expressed a wish for more such meetings, a request that Borum and Kaskaskia College are happy to grant. “We were asked to expand future meetings to an all-day event, and a number of new topics were suggested,” Borum said. He envisions approximately three such meetings annually going forward. “Overall, it was a huge success,” Borum said.
For more information on KC Business and Industry, including its gatherings of professionals in human resources and other fields, please contact Art Borum at 618-545-3401 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.