JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University held a panel workshop Tuesday for international students and managers.
The workshop focused on hiring international students and managers and explained the immigration guidelines for these students looking for work after graduation.
The workshop was hosted by the university in collaboration with the Hispanic Community Services Incorporated and the Northeast Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management.
Five experts in student immigration guidelines and immigration law sat on the panel.
The panelists included Guillermo Hernandez, Juan Caroles Hernandez, George Ernst and Maria Munoz-White.
Gina Gomez, executive director for Hispanic Community Services, said the workshop is a great way for students to explore career opportunities in Northeast Arkansas.
"We know there is a shortage of employees in areas such as engineering, health, education and we have potential with international students to maybe explore and help them so they can stay here in Northeast Arkansas," Gomez said.
Munoz-White is the international student immigration adviser at Arkansas State University. She said the workshop will help students realize they can stay and work in the United States after graduation.
"We see a lot of potential for our international students who want to work and stay here in the United States after they graduate," Munoz-White said. "We are able to help students who want to stay in the United States and want to get a job and want to get that training and experience. Then they can hopefully get a work visa to be able to stay in the United States."
Gomez said tools like this workshop and advisers like Munoz-White can help international students succeed in the workplace, which is a tool many former international students never saw.
"It is really important to provide this information," Gomez said. "I experienced it myself because I came to the United States as an international student and you really feel like you are lost and need someone to advise you on this issues and I am thankful Arkansas State is providing those tools to students."
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