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Annual job fair scheduled today at Pritchard

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Event organized by Chamber, Lincoln Trail Career Centers

By Elizabeth Beilman

Those in Hardin County and the surrounding area seeking a specific job opening or just wanting to survey the field can do so at a Regional Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown

Sponsored by the Lincoln Trail Career Centers and Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, the fair will host more than 40 employers offering various positions.

Among the jobs are nursing, sales and management, law enforcement, customer service, college instructors, accounting, manufacturing and caregivers.

“If you have a variety of skills, there may be a variety of employers you may have an opportunity with,” said Tommy Wheatley, regional program manager for the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Wheatley said the job fair started more than 10 years ago and helps make career matches in a single event.

“We just feel it’s a great opportunity for employers who need to hire and job seekers who are out there looking,” he said. “It brings many varieties of occupations of people in one place at one time.”

Despite economic downturn in recent years, Wheatley said Hardin County’s unemployment rate (currently at 8.9 percent) has declined and is lower than many other surrounding areas’ rates.

However, the unemployment rate for veterans in the area is high, and events like the job fair are important in combating this number, said Larry Oberlitner, Local Veterans Employment Representative of the Office of Employment and Training.

“There’s always people looking for employment — there’s always people looking for better employment,” Wheatley said. “Getting the word out is a help.”

Guests are asked to dress as they would for a job interview as some may be hired on the spot. Those planning to attend can register online at ltcareercenter.org.

Employers who would like to register for the fair can contact (270) 234-5823.

Elizabeth Beilman can be reached at (270) 505-1740.

 

Employers making an appearance:

 

Akebono Brake Corporation

Avon Products

Bluegrass Cellular

Cardinal Health

City of Elizabethtown

Communicare

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College

Elizabethtown Nursing & Rehab

Elizabethtown Police Department

Express Employment Professionals

Fischbach USA Inc.

Flex Film

Hardin Memorial Hospital

HealthSouth Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital

Home Instead Senior Care

Indiana Wesleyan University

Kentucky Troops to Teachers

Labor Finders of Kentucky, Inc.

Lincoln Trail Behavior Health

Manpower

McKendree University

Midway College

Modern Woodmen of America

National College

The News-Enterprise

Northrop Grumman Technical Services

Orbis Corporation

Passport Health Plan

Quality Drive-Away, Inc.

Quality Personnel

Remington Arms Company, Inc.

Sears Home Services

Skytower Communications

Spencerian College

Summit Polymers, Inc.

Sykes

The Reserve Network

The Work Connection

United Parcel Service

W & B Broadcasting