THE STAR, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
AUBURN — Local employers and education providers will showcase their anticipated job openings and education or skills training programs at the DeKalb County Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 21, from noon to 6 p.m., at LaQuinta Inn, 306 Touring Drive, Auburn.
The public is welcome, and there is no charge for admission.
The second annual Career Fair is sponsored by WorkOne Northeast, the Economic Development Partnership of DeKalb County, the DeKalb Chamber Partnership Education Committee, and Learning Link’s Adult Learning action team. Learning Link is an education initiative of the DeKalb County Community Foundation focused on improving the quality of life for everyone in DeKalb County through continuous learning.
Goals of the 2013 career fair are twofold.
“First, we want to provide the opportunity for students as well as unemployed and under-employed citizens to explore career options needed in DeKalb County. Secondly, we want to link our area education providers with attendees to help them prepare for those careers that might require an apprenticeship, skill training, or a two- or four-year degree,” said Judy Sorg, director of the community foundation’s education initiative.
“The career fair also provides a forum for sharing information between DeKalb County employers and area learning providers. There’s a lot of networking that happens, which produces benefits locally, regionally and across the state. Partnerships and events like this allow education providers, employers and community members to collaborate in order to keep northeast Indiana strong by connecting individuals to jobs and developing the talent pipeline of the future,” said Tanya Young, a member of Learning Link’s Adult Education & Training work group and DeKalb County’s Ivy Tech representative.
Other highlights of the Career Fair include panel discussions with employers on the topics of getting a resume noticed, interviewing skills and keeping a job. Those attending the event also will have the opportunity to talk with building trades representatives face-to-face.
“While you might not walk away from this event with a new job, we’ll make sure you walk away with a better understanding of what careers are needed in DeKalb County and where you can go if your area of interest requires learning beyond high school,” said Sonja Situm, an intern of the community foundation and a student at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Those attending may leave their resumes with participating employers. Job applications will not be available on-site.
Employers participating in the Fair include Angel Corps, Beacon Financial Credit Union, DeKalb County local government, DeKalb Health, DeKalb Molded Plastics, Family Dollar, Kelly Services, Group Dekko, Metal Technologies, Therma-Tru and Walmart Distribution Center, among others.
Participating education providers include Early Childhood Alliance, Four County Area Vocational Cooperative (DeKalb County’s GED provider), Freedom Academy, Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan, IPFW, Ivy Tech Northeast, University of St. Francis, Trine University and WorkOne Northeast, among others. A 21st Century Scholars representative will be on hand to speak with eligible students and parents about paying for college.
For more information on the event or for organizations that wish to participate, contact Sorg at 925-0311, or email JSorg@DeKalbFoundation.org