On March 15, MO-Rise hosted an immersive career fair in Fulkerson Center at Missouri Western. Students pursuing careers in STEM were given opportunities to network with professionals, meet potential employers and explore diverse paths within their field.

MO-Rise, or The Missouri Regional Industrial Science and Engineering, is a networking and employment organization dedicated to bringing STEM students and regional employers together.

A multitude of St. Joseph and Kansas City employers attended the event, including Boehringer Ingelheim, Altec, Herzog, Mosaic, Purina, Ecovole, The Department of Social Services, CPM, a construction management company and several others.

When asked what Altec has to offer students, Dylan Meyer, an Altec representative, shared that the company has a reputation of maintaining a positive work environment for its employees.

“The company culture at Altec is our biggest thing we have to offer," Meyer said. "Our employers do a great job of mentoring people and getting employees the jobs they enjoy doing to be successful long term.”

Human Resource manager of Clarios, Jenny Bires, provided insight on the company and its accomplishments as a global leader in energy solutions. 

“We are a global nationwide company that manufactures most of the car batteries in the world. We operate 350 days a year and make about 56,000 car batteries in a 24 hour period,” Bires said. “We’re always excited to meet local talent and welcome any Missouri Western student to take a look at our openings.”

Huhtamaki, North America’s leading manufacturer of consumer goods packaging for food service and retail industries, also appeared at the event. Huhtamaki is seeking those who excel in the areas of finance, accounting and engineering. 

When asked about the sustainability of their products, Chet Pauly, a Huhtamaki employee, explained the company’s environmental efforts.

“We have so many sustainable projects going on right now. We’re trying to get stuff out of the landfill, into trash bags and use both routes of recycling and composition.”

Pauly also added that though sustainable products tend to be expensive, they will become more accessible and affordable as companies continue to find innovative ways over time.

The career fair was a success among students and employers who look forward to experiencing the next event.

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