Gadsden City High School held its annual college and career fair Thursday in an effort to show students what options are available after they graduate.

The event was held in the school’s gym, with about 35 local employers and colleges present. Juniors and seniors — a total of about 700 students — were able to take time out of their day to visit with recruiters and managers.

GCHS Job Coach John Reed said the school had brought in a wide variety of industries to appeal to the students.

“We’ve got just about everything here for the kids,” he said.

Civil service, military, retail, manufacturing and food service industries were represented, along with five different universities.

Recruiters from the University of Alabama were set up with a booth next to the Gadsden Police Department, Riverview Regional Medical Center was on site to share jobs that students could get as soon as they graduated high school, and a United States Census booth had been set up to share how students can help with the upcoming census count.

Reed said they really will see the fruits of the job fair in the coming weeks or months but added that a couple students already had been hired on the spot by Burger King.

Susan Moore, director of marketing for Riverview, said they had seen a good response from the students who came through the fair and said it was good to see young people who are ready to work and get involved with their passions.

Reed said some of the employers present could hire someone still in school or with a high school diploma. Others would need further trade training, certification or graduation from a two- or four-year program, which the colleges represented could provide.

“This really helps kids be ready to transfer from high school to the workforce,” he said.