The Star, Friday, February 14, 2014
AUBURN — DeKalb County employers will talk about job opportunities with their companies at the 2014 DeKalb County Career Development Expo, Feb. 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.
The event is presented by the DeKalb Chamber Partnership, Learning Link DeKalb County, DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership, WorkOne Northeast and Freedom Academy, which joins as a new partner.
“The intent is to show the underemployed, unemployed and high school juniors and seniors what careers are available in DeKalb County,” said chamber partnership executive director Shannon Carpenter.
Employers are invited to share information on professions within their companies, skills, training and education needed and, if they are willing, wages and salary ranges, said Carpenter.
Educational institutions in the area will send representatives to the event to talk about course offerings, certifications and degrees available. County libraries will attend to share information about resources they can offer, Carpenter said.
A new service this year is assistance with Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with laptop computers for use and volunteer assistants.
WorkOne will offer workshops on resumes and interviewing, and those attending can sign up for one-on-one sessions after the event. A panel of human resource professionals from Guardian, Metal Technologies, Walmart Distribution Center, DeKalb Health and group Dekko will conduct a discussion, facilitated by Ken McCrory, executive director of the DeKalb County Economic Development Partnership.
“We’re trying to say that manufacturing is a proud career. … You have multiple career opportunities in manufacturing,” said McCrory.
He said manufacturing companies need employees in skilled trades and with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
“You can make a good living in manufacturing,” said Carpenter. “Manufacturing has come light years … and most of our factories are clean environments.”
Businesses and organizations scheduled to attend are: 80/20 Inc.; Angel Corps; Auburn Manufacturing; Autoline; Bowen Center; Butler Public Library; CCT Enterprises; City of Auburn; Community State Bank; DeKalb Health; Eckhart Public Library; Freedom Academy; Heidtman Steel; Impact Institute; Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; Indiana Wesleyan University; Ivy Tech; Garrett Public Library; Group Dekko; Guardian Automotive; Kelly Services; Manchester University; Manpower; Metal Technologies; Momentive; Peoples Federal Savings Bank; Trine University; People Link; WalMart Distribution Center; Waterloo Grant Township Public Library and WorkOne.
This is the third year for the event, which has more than doubled in size over last year, said Carpenter. The event’s growth led organizers to select a larger host site at the ACD Museum.
First-year attendance was 86, growing to 126 in its second year. This year organizers are expecting “a few hundred,” Carpenter said.
This year, students are coming from Eastside’s vocational programs and The Crossing, DeKalb Central’s CHANGE Academy and CHOICE Academy, the Garrett Learning Center and Garrett JAG program.
“We’ve helped the schools prepare their students so they can make use of their time,” Carpenter said.
The expo is open to the general public and people can come and go at any time during the event. Admission is free, and those attending are encouraged to “dress for success” and bring resumes, Carpenter added.
“(Employers) won’t necessarily be hiring on the spot, but it’s a great opportunity to make connections,” Carpenter said.
“We ought to have people waiting at the door to get in for this stuff,” McCrory said about the expo.
For more information, contact Carpenter at email@example.com or 925-2100 or visit dekalbcareers.com.