Joining the workforce: Triplett Tech students meet recruiters at job fair

Capt. Mike Miller, left, a recruiter for Rappahannock- Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, chats with Donald Detwiler, 17, of Woodstock, a culinary arts student at Triplett Tech, during the school's job fair Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

MOUNT JACKSON – Triplett Tech opened a path for its students to join the workforce when it hosted its second ever job fair Tuesday.

One business at the event was M.C. Dean Building Intelligence, a worldwide company based in Tysons Corner.

William Lilley, a recruiter for M.C. Dean, was with M.C. Dean recruitment manager Mike Veltri at the job fair to meet students. Lilley talked to Logan Roberson, a senior at Strasburg High School and Triplett Tech.

“I am going to keep this,” Lilley said about Roberson’s resume.  “About two weeks after graduation expect a call from me. The only thing I ask is that you give us a fair shot.”

Roberson said there is always a job opening in his field of study – residential and commercial electric. “Which is nice, and it’s with good pay,” he added.

Triplett Tech auto technology student Jared Agnew, 18, left, of Strasburg, interviews with Schnabel Equipment staff members Jessica Jarrell, center, an administrative assistant, and Sam Pryor, right, a heavy machine mechanic. Schnabel Equipment is located on Strasburg Road east of town. Rich Cooley/Daily

Roberson just placed first in residential wiring at the SkillsUSA state competition.

Lilly said he has had his eye on Roberson. “The way he talks about himself, he stands out,” Lilley said.

Lilly and Veltri said they liked recruiting students from Triplett Tech because the school prepares them to go right into the workforce.

Triplett Tech principal Connie Pangle said this is the second year for the school to host the job fair in which more than 100 students will attend, meet with companies and interview with a few.

“Even if a company is not looking at the moment to hire, it is giving students experience with interviews,” Pangle said. “They can’t email or text. This is a one-to-one conversation.”

William Lilley, a recruiter for M.C. Dean, Inc., interviews one of Triplett's electricity students. Rich Cooley/Daily

There were 28 companies participating last year. This year, 34 companies were present, including the U.S. Army, the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Caliber Collision, Hair Cuttery and others.

Lucy Hardman, 18, just graduated from studying cosmetology at the school. She had four interviews set and was waiting to speak to prospective employers from Hairspray Salon in Woodstock.

“I am nervous but confident,” she said.

Pete Harmon, specialty and industrial projects coordinator for Lantz Construction Company of Broadway, interviews a student. Rich Cooley/Daily