LEC accounting students make strong appearance at 3rd Annual OFIC CareerFest


On Friday, Sept. 11, nineteen Lake Erie College accounting majors participated in the 3rd Annual OFIC Accounting CareerFest at the Sherwin-Williams headquarters in downtown Cleveland. Of the 34 member institutions of the Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges in attendance, Lake Erie College had the most participants.

At the event, students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from OFIC’s donor companies and other organizations who were seeking interns and graduates to fill employment opportunities. "It was an amazing, experiential learning opportunity for our students to network with so many employers,” said Sarah Kostiha Smith, director of career services and internships. "I am so proud of how well our students represented Lake Erie College!”

Extensive planning and collaboration preceded the actual event, involving contributions from various faculty and staff members. Julie Ziemak, assistant professor of accounting, was the faculty point person for the event and assisted the students throughout the preparation process. She worked tirelessly to arrange activities with faculty and staff members as well as with alumni accounting majors of the College.

For input on their resumes and interviewing skills, the students turned to Kostiha Smith as well as to Jason Vitek, the career services graduate assistant. Current accounting students Taylor Ritchie and Kyle Adams also took part in the preparations, volunteering to act as models for proper attire to wear at the career fair.

Thanks are due to the following individuals for their participation as mentors in mock interview sessions held at the College: Michael Hermes, tax services department senior, Zinner & Company; Shawn Neece, partner, NMS Inc., Certified Public Accountants; alumna Tiffany Menosky, who just completed her MBA after working at Skoda & Minotti, CPAs, Business & Financial Advisors and is studying for the CPA exam; Jared Daley; and Anna Ziemak.

"Several employers personally came up to me during the event and commented on how the students from LEC were prepared and confident,” said Kostiha Smith. "All the preparation paid off!”

For more information on the OFIC Accounting CareerFest, visit www.ofic.org/careerfest/ or contact Kostiha Smith at skostihasmith@lec.edu.

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