Cmdr. Chris Anklam, U.S. Navy commanding officer of the USS West Virginia, presents Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp with a wood placard from the submarine.

HUNTINGTON -– The Career Services Center at Marshall University is seeing an increase in activities as companies and governmental agencies are gearing up for gaps due to the baby boomers preparing to exit the workforce, Director Denise Hogsett said last week.

Hogsett said one recent event brought to Marshall University the commander of the USS West Virginia, who not only provided information to 45 engineering students and engineering faculty, but also presented MU President Stephen J. Kopp with a wood placard from the submarine.

Cmdr. Chris Anklam, U.S. Navy commanding officer on his first tour through the state, talked about his experiences and career path to becoming a commander. He will complete his education soon and plans to become a high school math teacher upon retirement. Hogsett said Anklam has a great relationship with the state of West Virginia as fostered by Gov. Joe Manchin and is hoping to develop a similar relationship with Marshall University.

Representatives from Lockheed Martin, a Fortune 500 company, recently spoke to 25 computer science and management information system students and alumni, and later conducted interviews. Lockheed Martin is seeking software developers, database administrators, systems engineers, network managers, test engineers and configuration analysts for positions in Fairmont, W.Va.

According to Hogsett, recruiters Kirk Judd and Bill Jordan, both Marshall graduates, said they were impressed with the skill level of the students and want to continue their relationship with Marshall.

Hogsett participated in the first Career and Advancement Workshop sponsored by the Association of Young Scientists and the Cell Differentiation and Development Center. The two-hour workshop focused on the development of required skills for those wishing to enhance their employment and research opportunities.

Dr. Eric Blough, a member of the Marshall faculty, was the keynote speaker. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel of experts that ranged from physicians, post-doctoral researchers, faculty, medical residents and career services representatives.

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