Saints Invite Students to Career Fair in NoLa

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ASU Students Selected to Attend the HBCU Legacy 
Bowl Career Fair Presented by the New Orleans Saints

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

More than 50 students from Alabama State University have been selected to attend the HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair, 
presented by the New Orleans Saints professional football team. The event will provide job opportunities and career counseling for HBCU juniors and seniors. It will be held February 23 - 24, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

ASU’s participation in the event is coordinated by the University’s Office of Career Services, explained Dr. Sabrina L. Crowder, 
director of  the office.

"ASU juniors and seniors will benefit from this exciting and informative event because they will have the opportunity to connect 
with some of the nation's top employers, including administration officers from such professional football powerhouses as The San Francisco '49ers, The New Orleans Saints, The Houston Texans, as well as companies and government entities such as Hilton Hotels, Carnival, Entergy, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Home Depot, AmTrak, USDA, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services,The FBI, Rocket Mortgage and many more," Crowder stated.  

Crowder says having ASU students attend the career fair demonstrates that ASU is competitive with other schools across the nation.

“Our participation also is an example of the University’s focus on student success by exposing them to opportunities that lead to quality 
internships and job opportunities,” Crowder added.

Data shows that HBCUs provide a motivating and nurturing environment for minority students who may also be low-income 
and/or first generation college students. These students are often at a higher risk of not entering or completing college due to a myriad of circumstances, many of which have to do with the availability of financial assistance, as well as other factors.

Crowder shared that while HBCUs make up just three percent of colleges and universities in America, more than 20 percent of 
African-Americans graduate from HBCUs. She stated that HBCUs also provides a campus culture where many Black students feel better supported and understood while in college.

"The HBCU Legacy Bowl Career Fair can be impactful for our students’ professional development and career advancement because 
they are going into a competitive environment before top employers and competing for some valuable and important internships and jobs, which have the potential to change their lives for the better," Crowder said. "The experience in itself will teach them how to prepare
for career opportunities and will expose them to companies that they usually do not have access to in a regular environment. Plus, it will help them see how they can leverage their quality degree from ASU in any labor market."

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.