WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15TH.
SUMMER JOBS. FUTURE EMPLOYMENT. CAREERS.
BY Kevin Leahy
Last year, I was invited to a meeting with Astoria School Superintendent Craig Hoppes, Astoria High School Principal Lynn Jackson, Astoria School Board President Marty Dursse, and three local business owners. The meeting was requested by these employers who offer well-paying family wage jobs, but continue to struggle finding good trainable committed employees. As the director of CEDR and Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, we work with hundreds of businesses in Clatsop County, and finding and retaining good employees is a constant issue most businesses face at one time or another. An action plan that came out of that meeting was to organize and facilitate a county-wide career & job fair whose target audience is our future, our high school juniors and seniors. We estimate 550 students will be in attendance. Astoria High School, Jewell High School, Knappa High School, Seaside High School and Warrenton High School will all be in attendance at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, April 15th, from 9:30 am- 2:00 pm. CEDR has partnered with the Oregon Employment Department, Pacific Northwest Works and many community volunteers to arrange this great opportunity for our kids, and for our employers. Each high school has been coming to our planning meetings, including principals, vice-principals, business teachers and counselors. This has been a truly collaborative effort, and we are excited to show the students what our business community is all about. Three target areas for employers:
Hiring now for immediate positions or for summer jobs.
Looking for committed and skilled employees to fill career technical, “trades”, vocational, apprenticeship positions in our workforce.
Sharing career options in Clatsop County for our college-bound students, both at Clatsop Community College and four year colleges/universities. Many students are not aware of the diverse positions available in many industries in our own back yard.
This is why this is not just a “job fair”; it is that, and much more.
Sector Experts needed to share experience in a chosen field
The set-up of this fair will be similar to a trade show format, with like businesses or “sectors”, together. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED HERE TOO! “SECTOR EXPERTS.” We plan to have volunteers here who are experts in their chosen field, and could also have a table set up for their individual business, and rotate between a company table and an informational table. Volunteers can sign up for a 2.5 hour time slot, or 5 hours, or however much time can be devoted to help out here. The target sectors are: 1) Tourism & Hospitality. 2) Business, Banking, Finance & Professional Services. 3) Seafood Processing & Fishing. 4) Forest & Wood Products. 5) Health Care. 6) Retail. 7) Manufacturing. 8) Law Enforcement. 9) Career Technical, Contracting & Trades. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to guide our students through options available to them, both short term and long-term, by our business and educational leaders and owners. To register, go to www.pacnworks.com or call Linda Wyss at 503-325-4821 ext. 234, or email Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org. Employers are asked to register as soon as possible as the entire list of employers participating will be provided to the schools in advance. To volunteer as a “sector expert”, contact me at 503-338-2402 or email@example.com