Job seekers, students and ambitious workers attended a Career Fair at South Piedmont Community College’s Lockhart-Taylor Center April 18.
The fair attracted more than 100 visitors who were able to learn about local job opportunities, educational options, local career resources and the chance to have their resume reviewed by human resources professionals.
Judy Johnson was there on behalf of Lanesboro Correctional Institution as a personnel technician II. The facility is recruiting a correctional officer. She and her co-worker handed out applications and inormation to job hunters.
“It helped,” she said of the career fair. She believes the future employee probably came to the fair.
She was also excited about the upcoming changes to the application process at Lanesboro. As of June 1, the facility will allow applicants to submit their paperwork online. Johnson is currently in training for this change.
Mark Little, an employee of SPCC’s College of Arts & Sciences, was on hand to tell students about the transfer program at the school. Students can get the first two years of their education for less money at SPCC and move to universities like University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University as a junior.
“You can save money,” he said.
SPCC’s Career Cruiser was also on hand to provide help with resumes and job applications.
“They all seemed very pleased with the employers participating and the programs at South Piedmont,” said Kristi Phifer, SPCC’s Work First coordinator in Anson County.
SPCC advertising and graphic design instructor Cheryl Hicks said 10 people expressed interest in enrolling in the Advertising and Graphic Design program.
A total of 25 employers and vendors participated in this year’s event.
The Career Fair was sponsored by South Piedmont Community College, the Anson County Department of Social Services, the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, the N.C. Employment Security Commission and Vocational Rehabilitation.
There are plenty of job seekers in Anson as the county had a February unemployment rate of 11.2 percent.