The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Homepage

March 25, 2013

Turnout heavy at ECC job fair

TARBORO — In the wake of Edgecombe County’s rising unemployment rate, a job fair Friday morning on Edgecombe Community College’s (ECC) Tarboro campus brought hope to job seekers.

“They’re hopeful there are jobs in this area,” said Marie Wilson, career counselor/recruiter at ECC. The majority of the representatives at the job fair were from the Tarboro or Rocky Mount area and nearly 400 potential job applicants came to this year’s fair — double last year’s total. The Daily Southerner co-sponsored the job fair, with ECC.

 “We had a very, very good turnout,” Wilson said. “I’m very pleased.”

 The majority of the employers at the job fair were looking to fill open positions, Wilson said. A number of those employers were in the healthcare field.

“We’ve got some great resumes, so hopefully we’ll be able to fill some of the positions we have available,” said Brenda Edwards, a marketing representative at Our Community Hospital in Scotland Neck. She said she had encouraged many of the applicants at the fair to get their nursing assistant certification.

“Some applicants have decided that they’re going to enroll in a CNA or an LPN or RN program,” Wilson said. “Of any type field, I think the healthcare field is hiring a good number of applicants.”

“We have a large need for nurses,” said Ashley Crisafulli Miles, employment and recruitment specialist at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital. “You always have an opportunity to help somebody. We provide phenomenal care at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital.”

At 16.6 percent in the month of January, the county’s unemployment rate is at the highest level in 37 months.

“I think it’s been helpful,” said job seeker Mychal McDowell of Tarboro. “I was looking for medical field work, mostly laboratory.”

McDowell will graduate from Elizabeth City State University this semester with a major in biology/pre-med. Ultimately, he plans to earn a doctorate and teach.

Tie’sha Lewis also will graduate in May, from the elementary education program at ECC. She said she wants to do “anything working with children,” preferably at the pre-K or kindergarten level. Lewis visited Pitt County Schools’ booth.

“There’s been a steady stream of people coming in, asking questions,” said Pitt personnel coordinator Kishlyn Jones. “They’re enthusiastic and eager about being out here and what they can possibly find.”

While some job seekers had a specific goal in mind, others came to the fair to find any type of work to fit their qualifications.

Melvin Ross of Tarboro visited the booths of temporary job placement agencies, Holden Temporaries and Kelly Services, as well as Waffle House.

“It’s all right here in one spot,” Ross said, regarding the convenience of the job fair. Devin Simmons of Tarboro said she was looking for whatever type of work she could find.

“It’s just hard getting hired in Tarboro,” she said.

 

1
Text Only
Homepage
candidates forum1.jpg

Arthur Rich, left, Republican candidate for District 1 Congressional seat, Alan Mizzell, N.C. District 3 Senate candidate and Brenda Cleary, District 13 Congressional candidate, are three of the 20 candidates who attended the Edgecombe County Human Relations Commission’s Meet the Candidate Forum Tuesday night at the Edgecombe County Administration Building Auditorium.

Local News
Our Community
Sports
Joe Miller.jpg

Tarboro Vikings first baseman Joe Miller drives in the go ahead run for the Vikings in the sixth inning. Miller was 1 for 3 with a RBI as the Vikings defeated the South Creek Panthers 4-2.

  • Vikings make late comeback

    The Tarboro Vikings bats took a nap for the first five innings Thursday against the South Creek Cougars in Two Rivers Conference action until the sixth inning alarm clock woke seniors Wesley Hart and Joe Miller.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harrell returning to Louisville
Opinion
  • The legacy of Joe W. Dickens Jr.'s dash

    Joe W. Dickens Jr.
    Sept. 14, 1953 - March 21, 2014
    The above statement is profound in its own way. It signifies the birth and the death of one of the most influential men in Edgecombe Coun

    March 31, 2014

Lifestyles
  • Bones-final-cover.jpg Local librarian pens first novel

    Roman Leary, director at Edgecombe County Memorial Library, has written his first novel – “Six Days of the Dragon.”

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

Obituaries Archives
Events
  • EDGECOMBE EVENTS

    Edgecombe Events must be submitted by noon the day before publication. Items eligible include notices of local meetings and activities of non-profit organizations, clubs, schools and civic groups in the community. Information should be brief and typewritten, neatly printed or via  e-mail. For questions call 252-823-3106 or
    e-mail: events@dailysoutherner.com.
     

    April 23, 2014