It was more than just a career fair.
Over 100 vendors set up in the Mumford cafeteria on Feb. 15 for the school’s second annual Career Day Expo. Many had more to offer than just information about their careers.
Students got free haircuts from students at the Detroit Barber College while they asked questions about the school, Detroit Bee Keepers demonstrated the process for removing honey from bee yards, and Phlebotomy Express showed students how to draw blood.
Several of the vendors, including Men’s Wearhouse and DTE were prepared to offer students internships during the Expo, and students talked to recruiters from both the Detroit Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office about careers in law enforcement.
Junior Jada Thornton came to the event ready to fill out applications because she heard some of the vendors would be hiring summer help.
“I have an interview scheduled tomorrow with Footlocker,” Thornton said.
Leslie Pilling, director of Metropolitan Museum of Design Detroit, a nonprofit mobile museum, called the event extraordinary and plans to continue working with Mumford.
In a post on Facebook Pilling said, “MM-O-DD volunteers engaged a wonderful group of DPS students who are interested in design. We have over 24 who signed up as interested in a future design club.”
DJ Jessie Davis was there to talk to students about his work, but he also kept the music going all day.
Filmmaker Dtonio Cheatham almost missed the expo because of a scheduling conflict. He said he was surprised to meet students who were already doing film work.
“I wasn’t even supposed to be here today, but I’m glad I came. They should do this at least five times a year,” Cheatham said.
Mumford teacher Andria Bellamy coordinated the career fair, building on her success with the event last year, and said she was pleased with the results.
“My heart is filled with gratitude for the outpouring of community support, and today was a great start for the students on their path to success,” Bellamy said.