Job seekers and employers are invited to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s job fair on Wednesday, December 8.
The job fair will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Armory on the Williamson campus.
The job fair was created specifically with smaller employers in the retail, restaurant, small manufacturing, and service industries. Nonprofits are also welcome.
“We’ve all seen the impact the pandemic has had on area businesses, specifically as it relates to their struggle recruiting and retaining qualified employees,"Southern’s Dean of Professional and Technical Studies, Dr. David Lemmon said.
“Sometimes that looks like small businesses shutting their doors early or for entire days due to the limited labor pool. That’s what we aim to address with this job fair.”
For anyone seeking employment, now is the time to find that dream job or part-time flexible position, Lemmon said, because businesses everywhere are looking to offer increased wages or benefits to fresh talent.
Southern’s new Electrical Lineman instructor, Charles Isaacs, will also be on hand to discuss the college’s new program.
“This program will provide residents an opportunity to be trained for a high-demand, good-paying career,” Southern’s Workforce Development Director, Jay Lester said. “We are excited to have Isaacs on board to make this available to our residents.”
Participating businesses include Workforce West Virginia, United Talent, NGK, GMS, Blackhawk Mining, Jennmar Services, Reeds Spray Foam Insulation, West Virginia State Police, Williamson Police Department, Williamson Fire Department, Advance Auto Parts, Williamson Health and Wellness, WV National Guard, EMF, Bank of Mingo, Mingo Co. Sheriff’s Department, Boone Memorial Hospital, Mingo County Board of Educations, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, BLM Trucking, Pikeville Medical Center, Division of Rehabilitation and others.
“Southern’s role shouldn’t end after graduation,” Lester said. “While it’s true that our focus is education and training, the end result is helping people find careers. We want to help facilitate that connection.”