Career Expo set for Wednesday

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 6/6/17

The 2017 Career and Technical Workforce Expo will be held Wednesday to give locals a chance to meet with businesses seeking employees.

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Career Expo set for Wednesday

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The 2017 Career and Technical Workforce Expo will be held Wednesday to give locals a chance to meet with businesses seeking employees.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 Building’s exhibition hall on Bevill State Community College’s Sumiton campus. Job applicants are asked to bring their resumes to the expo, which is sponsored by Bevill State, the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Daily Mountain Eagle.

Chamber President Linda Lewis said more than 30 businesses have confirmed booths for the expo.

“This is a partnership that the chamber and Bevill State has had for many years, and now we’re excited to have the Daily Mountain Eagle on board,” Lewis said. “We’re looking forward to it. This will give people in the community and surrounding areas the opportunity to go out and network with potential employers.”

Dr. Chris Franklin, director of campus services for the Sumiton campus, helped organize the event, and he said they are taking special measures this year to determine the expo’s benefits to employers and job seekers.

“We’re not only surveying the people who come, but we’re also surveying the businesses that will have tables at the expo. We hope to get some information from them about how to improve the quality of the applicant pool and different things like that. Hopefully we’ll have some data to look back on as we move forward,” Franklin said.

Participating businesses will include the Alabama National Guard, Alabama Power Company, ARC of Walker County, Automation Personnel Services, Bevill State Community College, Brookwood Baptist Health, Capstone Rural Health, Cordova Health and Rehab, Drummond Company, Inc., Educational Opportunity Center, Edward Jones Investments, Full Moon BBQ, Go Build Alabama, H.C. Blake Co., Hiott Financial Corporation, HTNA, Jasper Career Center, Jasper Police Department, Liberty National/The Clint McClain Agency, Next Financial Group, Northeast Alabama Mental Health Center, Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Quality Staffing Solution, Regional Paramedics, Regis Corporation, Riverview/Riverwood Health Services, Shadescrest Healthcare Center, Southeastern Freight Lines, Southland International Trucks, Warrior Met Coal, Wells Fargo, Winn-Dixie, Yates Construction and Yorozu Automotive Alabama.

Franklin said the event will be more rewarding than submitting a traditional application.

“You can’t really discount the face-to-face contact that you’ll have with the people who are actually looking for jobs,” he said. “I don’t feel like you can really get that personal contact from just sending in your resume.”

For any questions about the event, email Franklin at chris.franklin@bscc.edu or call (800) 648-3271, ext. 5601.