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Nearly 60 professionals from companies, schools, and non-profit organizations came to Trinity Thursday afternoon, March 6, for the Career Networking Event sponsored by the Cooper Career Center. During the three-hour session, 120 juniors and seniors participated in mock interviews with representatives from the fields of social services, nursing, education, and humanities. After each interview, which lasted for 30 minutes, the students received feedback about their responses.

"This is the fourth year we've conducted this event, and this is the biggest turnout we've had," said Jackie Medenblik, a counselor in the career center. "It's a good opportunity for our students to practice their interviewing techniques and get advice from people who do this as part of their jobs."

Each student interviewed with at least one professional; some were scheduled for three interviews. More than 20 Trinity graduates were among the professionals who returned to campus to help their future fellow alumni. There also were breakout groups for students to ask questions.

"This gives the students a great opportunity to conquer the initial nervousness that comes with those first interviews," said Kent Swanson '98, a special projects coordinator for Metropolitan Industries. "They won't have to use those interviews as training grounds because they can learn in this safer setting."