PITTSBURG — Over 200 companies will flock to the Kansas Technology Center at Pittsburg State University next week.

The companies are filling the technology center for PSU College of Technology Company Day September 19 and 20. The career-fair-esque day gives companies and students the opportunity to interact, share information and build relationships.

"It's designed to develop relationships between students and our industry partners," Technology and Workforce Learning Chair John Iley said in a release.

Companies will have the opportunity to tour the KTC facilities as well, learning about what students are working on and what kind of experience they are gaining at PSU.

Students are encouraged to work on networking skills and build relationships to hopefully lead to internships, or even careers.

"It's also a great opportunity for them to polish their networking skills like introducing themselves, shaking hands, making eye contact, and asking questions," Iley said. "We intentionally do not bill it as 'career fair' because that infers the event is exclusively for graduating seniors actively seeking full time employment."

Thirty of the companies are coming from the Wichita area, while 10 are coming from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and more than 60 from the Kansas City area. Others are coming in from Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois and many more.

Along with benefitting students — and giving companies the opportunity to scout them out — Company Day gives Pittsburg a chance to showcase itself.

“The majority of businesses are from other areas, so we have economic impact from hotels, restaurants and that sort of thing,” Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson said. “But it also provides an opportunity as a community to showcase this community to potential business prospects.

“We can show these companies that they don’t have to just engage with these students once or twice a year, if they had a local location, they could be right down the street from the talent we have here.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.