A community job fair promotes pathways to careers and opportunities in Rouen – Salisbury Post

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The community job fair promotes career paths and opportunities in Rouen

Posted at 12:00 AM Sunday, April 9, 2023

Salisbury Rowan County held its first community job fair of the year and more than 200 high school juniors and seniors participated, as well as 115 members of the public.

The Aspire and Hire Career Expo at West End Plaza was a two-part event with students from the Rowan-Salisbury Schools in the morning and members of the public looking for work or a career change in the afternoon. Nearly 50 of Rowan’s top employers attended the ceremony, which was sponsored by Rowan Education Partners through a grant from Novant Health. Job fairs are one of the programs of the Workforce Development Alliance in the Rowan Chamber.

The NCWorks mobile unit was available for students to participate in resume writing and job skills preparation.

“We really enjoyed seeing all of our students at the Aspire and Hire Career Expo,” Kresen Whitmarsh, work-based learning coordinator for RSS’s CTE program, said in a press release. “We had 200 students who went out to visit local employers. The turnout was great. The students were very excited to be able to make this connection, and we’re glad we were able to make it easier for them.”

“This event was great for our kids because they were able to see that they didn’t have to leave Rowan County for high-paying jobs,” said Stacy White, RSS’s CTE Program Executive Director. “They can go to training, they can go to school or work, but when they go to school, they can come back here and work.”

“The last two hours of the event were exceptional with over 115 participants from the community,” said Joseph Dismock, President/Director of the Career Center at NCWorks Career Center-Rowan. “That was a lot of people in a short period of time. It shows the community’s desire to work and stay in Rouen. So should you.”

“Thank you to everyone who came to the spring job fair,” said Eileen Spalding, president of the Rowan Chamber. “We had over 50 employers, hundreds of students and many adults looking for work. We appreciate all the employers who got involved. Keep hiring all the people of Rouen.”

“Words cannot begin to describe how gratifying it felt to see this event come to fruition,” said Kendall Henderson, Director of Business Services at Rowan EDC. “Securing guns with Rowan-Salisbury CTE schools, our community partners, and business leaders has been a very satisfying experience. Many Rowan County residents came away from Monday’s event with either second interviews or pending job offers. That was our goal. Not just to connect existing employers in The industry needs ambitious job seekers and students, but to ensure that people from our community walk away from the job fair feeling empowered and inspired about their future in Roanne County.”

You can still visit Work in the Rawan job portal Click on the Rowan EDC website for a one-stop-shop way to search for jobs in the area.

Anyone considering moving to Rouen County should visit www.RowanOriginal.com, the talent attraction center for the county. On the site is a form that connects visitors to a moving concierge guide who can answer questions and connect prospects with resources.

A community job fair focused on veterans and their families is planned for Saturday, November 4. Visit www.RowanChamber.com for more information.