Delta Stu­dents Paired With Po­ten­tial Em­ploy­ers

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

The lat­est match­mak­ing app won’t get Delta Col­lege stu­dents a date for tonight.

But it might get them a job for to­mor­row.

Delta and the Cen­tral Mother Lode Re­gional Con­sor­tium re­cently en­tered into an agree­ment with JobS­peaker, an app that al­lows stu­dents and alumni to up­load their study ar­eas and skill sets into a data­base and be “matched” with job op­por­tu­ni­ties from rel­e­vant em­ploy­ers.

Sim­i­larly, em­ploy­ers can sign up, post their jobs and be paired with stu­dents who will sat­isfy their work­force needs.

The end re­sult, Delta of­fi­cials hope, is a plat­form that will more ef­fi­ciently al­low stu­dents and em­ploy­ers to find each other.

It’s free. The col­lege is look­ing for more stu­dents and more em­ploy­ers who would like to par­tic­i­pate. You can sign up now.

“There’s never been a data­base like this be­fore. This fills a huge gap,” said Michelle Cas­tanon, pro­gram man­ager at Delta’s Work­force De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter.

About 55 em­ploy­ers have al­ready signed on, of­fer­ing jobs across a range of dis­ci­plines from health sci­ence to agri­cul­ture, build­ing trades and arts and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. There are in­tern­ships, part-time jobs and full-time jobs. Some are best for grad­u­ates, but many are ideal for stu­dents who have not yet fin­ished.

“Stu­dents will get work­based learn­ing that is rel­e­vant to what they’re learn­ing in the class­room,” Cas­tanon said. “And when they grad­u­ate, that’s go­ing to make them more of a com­pet­i­tive can­di­date.” Among other fea­tures: • Stu­dents can scan their “matches” by sim­ply swip­ing left or right on their phones.

• Stu­dents and em­ploy­ers can di­rect mes­sage each other.

• In ad­di­tion to jobs posted di­rectly by em­ploy­ers, the app also fil­ters jobs from other ca­reer search en­gines.

• It also posts in­for­ma­tion about Delta Col­lege events like job fairs or fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy work­shops.

To sign up, get the JobS­peaker app from the app store or visit­

Em­ploy­ers who have ques­tions about the app should email mcas­tanon@ delta­col­

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