Job fair for county residents held at Calhoun School

Published 11:13 am Friday, February 24, 2017

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By Fred Guarino

The Lowndes Signal

About 60 Lowndes County residents took advantage of a job fair held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Calhoun School A.R. Stickney Gymnasium.

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While Lowndes County School Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd said he felt the event was successful, Lowndes County District Judge Adrian D. Johnson said he wished more people had taken advantage of the opportunity for employment.

The event, held from 9 until 12 noon, was sponsored by the Lowndes County Department of Human Resources, Lowndes County Public Schools, the Lowndes County Children’s Policy Council and Lowndes County District Judge Adrian Johnson.

Boyd said, “I think the job fair was an awesome opportunity for some of the citizens to get a chance to secure employment. We had approximately 60 individuals to come out today.”

He said, “I would also like to say it was a great partnership between DHR (Department of Human Resources), the school system and the Children’s Policy Council, in particularly Judge Johnson.”

Boyd said 13 vendors participated in the event.

Johnson said he was very pleased with the vendor participation. “But.” he said, “I had hoped for a better turn out from those seeking employment.”

He said, “As you well know, Lowndes County’s unemployment rate is consistently in excess of 10 percent. The Lowndes County Children’s Policy Council partnered with DHR and the Lowndes County School System to sponsor the job fair in hopes of giving the unemployed in Lowndes County an avenue for employment.”

Johnson noted, “The program was specifically geared towards those individuals currently receiving benefits from DHR in need of employment. “

He also said, “We hope to make this a regular event.”