Patricia Booth talks with managers from Texas Steakhouse during a job fair on April 30, 2012, at Nash Community College.

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Patricia Booth talks with managers from Texas Steakhouse during a job fair on April 30, 2012, at Nash Community College.

NCC to host annual job fair

By Jim Holt

Staff Writer

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The date has been set for a massive Nash Community College event designed to put hundreds of people seeking jobs in the same room and face-to-face with businesses and industries needing employees.

While the 2014 Back to Work Job Fair is slated to run from 9 a.m. to noon on April 28 in the college’s Brown Auditorium, organizers already have started to solicit businesses to participate.

Last year, the annual event drew more than 60 employers, including representatives from Suddenlink Communications, BB&T Bank and Waffle House as well as a variety of hospitals and law enforcement agencies.

“The main thing first and foremost is to get Nash Community College students and future graduates in front of potential employers,” said Michael Coleman, a counselor at the college and the event’s organizer. “We do open it to the community because we are a community institution. It’s about putting them face-to-face with people who can offer them jobs as well as demonstrating our presence.”

Last year, the job fair drew several hundreds of people toting dozens of copies of their resumes, Coleman said.

The event typically is scheduled toward the end of April because students are getting ready to graduate and the fair provides an opportunity for them to meet employers, get jobs and transition directly into the workforce.

“Our goal this year is to have 75 businesses and around 800 people,” Coleman said.

Employer registration is free and includes a complimentary breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.

To register as a business, visit www.nashcc.edu/jobfair and click the black “Job Fair Employer Registration” button to complete the online form.

Organizers said employer registration includes a 3-by-6 table and two chairs, and additional accommodations including electricity can be requested on the registration form.

For more information, contact Coleman at 451-8307 or mcoleman@nashcc.edu.