Bruce Dallman was smiling a lot on Sept. 19, 2012. Dallman, dean of the Pittsburg State University College of Technology, moved from one table to the next in the Kansas Technology Center, visiting with company representatives who were there to meet students at PSU’s annual Company Day. He liked what he was hearing.

“There is definitely a more positive attitude this year,” Dallman said, referring to the way the recession affected Company Day the past few years.

He noted that even through the lowest points of the recent recession, placement rates for College of Technology graduates remained at nearly 100 percent. The recession, however, cooled the spirited competition for new technology grads that existed before 2008.

“A number of these companies are again competing for graduates,” Dallman said. “We’re seeing more of our graduates selecting from multiple offers.”

Company Day began initially as a showcase for construction companies. It soon expanded to include engineering technology, automotive and diesel/heavy equipment, graphics and imaging  technologies, electrical technology and wood technology.