CORDELE, GA (WALB) - South Georgia Technical College hosted a job fair at the Cordele Campus Tuesday.
Nearly 300 people showed up to the morning session, making it one of the busiest job fairs yet.
Brooke Joblinske moved to Cordele from Texas.
She has one associate's degree but is looking to add a nursing degree to her resume.
"I think it helps to have many different names under your belt," said Joblinske . "It gives you more diversity in the job field."
Donna Tolbert recently graduated from Crisp County High School. He is now looking for an associates too.
"I'm a hands on person. I like welding and stuff I like that so I guess maintenance technician is the way I'm going," said Tolbert.
Hands-on learning and a two-year program attracted him to South Georgia Technical College.
"I can get a job quicker than going to school for four years and wasting all that time," said Tolbert.
Joblinske and Tolbert are not alone. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics the number of students working for two-year degrees rather than four has increased substantially.
"I believe that that kind of requirement in is kind of less important nowadays especially in areas like this," said Joblinske.
It may be the reason why enrollment is going up or why today's job fair has been one of the busiest yet.
"We went through a period where the economy wasn't very good and people now are in need of employees that have been trained and have some skill sets," said South Georgia Technical College Vice President of Economic Development Services Wally Summers.
Summers said local companies are looking to hire.
He says the most important characteristic they want is a strong work ethic.
"Just give us someone who will be here everyday and we can do the rest especially if they have a certificate or associates degree from South Georgia Tech," said Summers.
Students hope hard work and a two-year degree will give them a bright future.
"I want to build up my resume, find a job now that I'm new to the area," said Joblinske. "Just a lifetime career."