Looking for opportunity

Event helps job-seekers get career ready
Apr. 24, 2014 @ 08:51 PM

More than 500 people got career ready at Henderson Middle School on Tuesday morning.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, whose 1st District includes parts of Vance and 23 other counties, partnered with eight community agencies to host a job and opportunities fair at the school.

Guests attended an informational session that featured opening remarks from Butterfield and presentations from multiple organizations. Topics included drug use prevention and testing, strategies for handling a criminal background and the proper use of networking.

Following the presentations, agencies assisted guest with resume writing, college admissions inquiries and NCWorks signups while employers answered questions and took resumes.

Ty’che’ Alston attended the event to find a job after seeing an ad on Facebook.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s exciting to know they want to help our community.”

Kittrell Job Corps, a career education and technical trade program, was one of eight employers represented during the networking session. Joan Robinson, business community liaison, was at the table early taking names and applications.

“My job is to establish relationships that benefit our program, and that is why I am here connecting with the community,” she said. “The need is great as you can see.”

Nelson James, a graduate of the Kittrell Job Corps, brought his 19-year-old daughter to the job fair to show her the opportunities available in her community.

“Today it is all about having a skill,” he said. “No one is going to help you but you. I started when I was 19, and I am still using the trades I learned a job corps today, and I am 50 years old.”

The event came a few days after the North Carolina Department of Commerce released March numbers showing the state’s unemployment rate had decreased 0.1 percentage points from February, resting at 6.3 percent.

 

Contact the writer dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.