Star Staffing, a Petaluma-based employment agency with 10 Northern California offices, has partnered with Sonoma State University to oversee the School of Business and Economics career center services to students and employers, it was announced Wednesday.
Currently, the center connects students to about 300 internships and nearly 100 professional mentorships each year. The Accounting Forum, the largest academic student club at SSU, helps place more than 100 students in accounting positions annually.
The partnership will provide enhanced career support to business and economics students, alumni and employers, including the development of existing programs, such as annual career fairs, alumni mixers and the professional mentor program, the university said.
“This pilot program is intended to build on our progress and engage even more companies and create more opportunities for our students nationally and globally,” said Bill Silver, Ph.D., dean of the school and its Wine Business Institute. “It allows us to continue creating extraordinary learning experiences for our students, while further developing a portfolio of career services in support of regional economic development and recovery. Our goal and expectation is that these enhancements will help ensure the educational, career, and life success of our students and alumni.”
The arrangement is an opportunity to help students gain career-readiness skills and employment, according to Nicole Smartt, Star Staffing vice president.
“Employers across all industries are having difficulty finding enough qualified employees,” she said. “By turning a spotlight on these talented students, we’ll help local employers see the value of hiring from this source and alleviate the hiring headache.”