Hundreds attend 15th annual job fair at NMCC

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    PRESQUE ISLE — Hundreds of community members and students alike were on hand to try to find a job or to learn more about career opportunities during the 15th annual job fair held March 9 at Northern Maine Community College.
    More than 460 people visited with representatives from approximately 40 businesses, organizations and state entities interested in hiring employees or simply educating the public about their organization. According to event coordinators, approximately 60 percent of those attending were students, while the others were community members looking to make the most of the opportunity presented by the college’s job fair. While more than half of attendees were from central Aroostook, people traveled from as far as St. David and Fort Kent in the St. John Valley and Patten and Sherman in southern Aroostook to attend.
    “It was an excellent turnout, and a good mix of students and the public,” said Rick Thurston, from Reed & Reed, Inc., one of northern New England’s largest general contractors. This marked the first year that the company, based out of Woolwich, was at the Presque Isle job fair.
    “While the number of vendors were down a little bit from previous years, with less businesses looking to hire right now, those that were here were very pleased by the quality of the people who stopped by their booth,” said Ruth White, regional director of the Early College for ME program and event coordinator. “The fair had an excellent turnout and I’m pleased that the students and community members took advantage of such an opportunity.”
    According to White, vendor feedback at the end of the day included comments calling the job fair outstanding and the best in The County. Vendors were also pleased with the level of support they received from NMCC students helping out at the fair, doing everything from helping to unload and park vehicles to assisting fair participants in finding vendors.