Rio’s spring job fair presents opportunities

Written by Arlene Torres, Staff Writer

The Associated Students at Rio Hondo College welcomed a large turnout at the spring job fair this past week, with a variety of job opportunities on display.

Representatives of the different companies, who may or may not have capitalized on a recruiting service, set up booths on campus to answer questions about opportunities, job requirements and provided students with the chance to talk and learn about what each specific company had to offer.

A wide variety of employment opportunities were showcased at the event. The United States military offered information on recruitment, educational opportunities, the various branches available such as the reserves, and gave away different goodies, such as drink shakers, backpacks and sport towels.

The Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Probation Department were also on campus for those interested in taking an active part of the law enforcement community, but not interested in taking that step into the military.

LA Probation Department representative, Krista Perez informed students about entry-level job opportunities that require no experience, and a minimum requirement of only a GED or High School Diploma. The department is currently hiring for Detention Services Officer and Group Night Supervisor. Both positions are entry-level but require the applicant to be a U.S. Citizen over 21 years of age with no prior felony convictions.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services provided information about its hiring process and publicized its internship program, which is aimed toward students striving toward a career in the social work field .

LA County Department of Social Services representative and coordinator for volunteer programs Anthony Leoni, offered a wealth of information on the program, geared toward providing students with both a “practical and meaningful work experience.”

Radio station Power 106 FM DJs Bryan and Terry had a booth with information about the summer internship opportunity which is accepting applications now through May 13. It is a mandatory requirement that all interns applying are enrolled in college coursework and is also a great opportunity for growth and networking opportunities.

According to Terry, “Growing up in Los Angeles, people have been listening to Power and (it) has been touching different generations for the past 30 years and continues to provide opportunities to media and journalism majors. There is a wealth of opportunities with the opening of the door at Power 106. The station is also hiring for the position of Digital Content Producer.

This is a paid, part-time permanent position. The individual hired would be responsible for writing stories for the station, engaging with listeners on social media and promotions. Interested students can apply at

Among the many popular businesses at the job fair, Panda Express was hiring cashiers and cooks and Penske Motor Group, the parent company and owner of  Toyota, was on site looking to hire for various positions, including service valets, lube technicians and sandwich artists for the Subway sandwich restaurants at the various Penske locations.