Job fair offers networking opportunities

Meridian Community College student Cher Reed was one of the hundreds who took part in the Meridian Area Job Fair held Tuesday in the Tommy E. Dulaney Center.

“This is the first time for me to go to a job fair. It’s been a good experience,” said Reed, who is a student in the College’s Commercial Truck Driving Program. A resident of Preston, Reed joined her classmates in the program to meet potential employers at the job fair and was able to meet them face-to-face. “I’m glad I had a chance to talk to them outside of the school setting,” she said. Reed’s instructor, Otis Gowdy, escorted his students to the fair.

This year’s fair marked the fourth annual event the College has joined with the Governor’s Job Fair Network, said Shannon Coleman, WIOA case manager for the College’s community and business development division. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come under one roof,” Coleman said, noting it was helpful for both the employer and the job seeker.

Kasey Norton, a recruiter with Citizens National Bank, said it was beneficial for employers to make the connection with job seekers and the opportunity to network with other vendors. “That has helped us out a lot,” she said.

More than 700 people registered at the job fair that was also sponsored by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, WIN Job Center, WTOK TV, City of Meridian, The Radio People and Mississippi State University Career Center.

Adam Todd, director of Governor’s Job Fair Network, one of the sponsors of the event said, “We wouldn’t have been able to do this without MCC’s help.”

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