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UW-Eau Claire Center for Service-Learning
To Hold Nonprofit Sector Career Fair

 MAILED:  Nov. 3, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Center for Service-Learning will present "Careers in the Common Good," a career fair aimed at encouraging students to consider government and nonprofit sector career options, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

According to Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning at UW-Eau Claire, some sources estimate that more than 130 million people work in government or nonprofit sector jobs, and in the federal sector alone approximately 900,000 of those workers may be eligible to retire in the next few years.

"That translates to a huge variety of opportunities for college students," said Mowry. "State and local public agencies, nonprofits, non-governmental organizations and the federal government all will be looking for people from every major and field of study in the next few years, and many offer excellent benefits, including education benefits," said Mowry.

Representatives from some 20 agencies will be on hand to distribute information and talk with interested students, and a series of speakers will be scheduled to talk on a variety of topics. In the federal sector, speakers will describe military options and job opportunities with the federal government and national service organizations such as Americorps*VISTA (working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities or bridge the digital divide), Americorps* NCCC (public safety, public health, and disaster relief projects) and the Peace Corps (all of the above, but in developing countries).

From the nonprofit world, a UW-Eau Claire alumna will travel from California to discuss her experiences in Teach for America, and an assistant coordinator of JET, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, will come from Chicago to describe opportunities with that agency.

A list of agencies is being continuously updated on the Center for Service-Learning Web site under "click for more information."

"Career opportunities in the nonprofit and government sector are often an almost invisible part of the career options presented on campuses, yet a nonprofit sector position will likely offer more responsibility, leadership, and immediate growth opportunities than would be available in a private, profit-oriented sector position," said Mowry. "In addition, these career paths offer something the private sector does not — a career with a central mission devoted to working towards a better world for all."

For more information on "Careers in the Common Good," contact the Center for Service-Learning at (715) 836-4649.

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Updated: November 3, 2004