GREENVILLE, North Carolina – The largest job fair of its kind in eastern North Carolina is happening later this month as a way to address workforce development needs in Pitt County and surrounding areas. Pitt Community College (PCC) is working with the John M. Belk Endowment, Greenville Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Alliance, and Pitt County Economic Development to host the ‘Better Skills, Better Jobs’ job fair on October 26 at the Greenville Convention Center.
“Pitt Community College is committed to preparing high school students for rewarding careers and helping adult learners skill up, retool and retrain — either to advance in their current careers or to change careers entirely,” said PCC President Lawrence Rouse. “We’re hoping the fair will help build awareness of careers and educational opportunities in our community and foster engagement between employers and the individuals who can fill their need for skilled laborers after they’ve completed a credential.”
This job fair will give adult jobseekers, as well as Pitt County high school students, the opportunity to learn about and apply for careers with local companies. The event will feature dozens of employers with current openings as well as career resources. High school students will attend in the morning and adult jobseekers are invited to register for timeslots from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Johnny Smith, PCC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement, said event organizers expect 75 businesses and industries will take part in the fair. He said PCC would have employees from various programs and services on hand as would a number of community partners, including Pitt County Schools (PCS), East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville Utilities, NCWorks, Tradesformers, Vidant Health, and N.C. Coastal Society for Human Resource Management.
Strengthening the workforce are major initiatives and priorities for economic development groups such as the Greenville ENC Alliance and Pitt County Economic Development.
“Many job seekers may not realize that there are not only good paying jobs in our area, but great careers available right in their own backyard,” said David Horn, director of investor and community relations for the Greenville ENC Alliance. “This event showcases more employers and education resource opportunities in one place than ever before to help job seekers make the most of their next career move.”
Kelly Andrews, executive director of Pitt County Economic Development, adds that the job fair will demonstrate that local business and industry recognize the importance of developing a skilled labor force.
“The ‘Better Skills, Better Jobs’ job fair will provide a forum to connect the current and emerging workforce with available education and training assets, as well as local employers that are ready to hire,” said Andrews.
Those planning to attend the fair should register online by visiting https://pittcc.edu/better-skills-better-jobs-2021/. Some companies will conduct on-site job interviews, so jobseekers are encouraged to bring an updated resume. Please note that the job fair will follow COVID-19 safety protocols and all attendees are required to wear a facial mask.
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