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Cameron aims to employ people with career expo

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LAWTON, Okla._Students at Cameron University got a special opportunity Thursday to plan their future, long before they've graduated.

The 17th Annual Red River Career Expo was held Thursday on campus with 82 recruiters from all over the state attending the event, making it the largest career fair in southwest Oklahoma to date. Student services claim around 1,000 people showed up to the event and that includes graduating seniors at Cameron, military members, and even folks out in the community who are looking to get a little bit of a jumpstart to their career.

It's something that Cameron student Sonia Chukwudoize knows all about, "I'm a senior, so it's time." Chukwudoize said her time as a marketing major at Cameron University has been rewarding, but now she's ready to put all of that education to the test, "I came here to look for a summer internship. There's a lot of competition. Hopefully my resume will make a difference."

As she checks out booth after booth, she's among hundreds of others who are sitting in her same boat, "There's a lot of opportunities here in Lawton so I'm sure everyone can look to further their experience and opportunities that they could ever have."

That's the goal of organizers with the Red River Career Expo and they want to make clear that today isn't just about one area of expertise. Expo organizer Paula Merrifield is proud to have brought such an array of industries to one location, "We have just about every industry you can think of: production, we have a lot of energy companies, journalism, just across the board."

It's an array of options that Sonia not only appreciates for a possible summer internship, but her overall future as well, "Being a part of this and seeing what other companies are doing, seeing where you can actually fit into the workforce is actually a wonderful thing. It's a great experience."

Representatives with Cameron University said the expo just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. To see a list of all of the companies click here.

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