FARMINGTON — The September 26 Career Expo hosted by NM Workforce Connection at McGee Park was a huge success, according to site manager Jackie Allen.

"I believe we had more job-seekers attend than at any previous expo," said Allen. "And the feedback we received from the employers who were present was very positive. They really loved the location and layout of the expo."

More than 55 employers participated in the expo, and more than 1500 job seekers attended, many of which were able to make significant contacts with potential employers.

Of additional help to the job-seekers was the presence of the Workforce Solutions' mobile computer lab, which provided information regarding "green" jobs, and Workforce Connection staff were on hand to assist with resume-building and provide information about training programs such as the State Energy Sector Partnership Program, which addresses worker training needs in renewable energy and energy efficiency occupations. Attendees also received guidance on how to navigate through the online Workforce Connection system, located at www.jobs.state.nm.us,

Dale Dedrick, business relations manager with First Financial Credit Union, provided free financial literacy workshops to expo attendees.

"First Financial Credit Union believes that the better educated community members are, the better the economy will be," said Dedrick. "We were honored and proud to be a contributor by conducting workshops on how to manage your money and debt, and hopefully (people) were able to take the information provided and put it into a workable plan to improve their financial situation."

Noticed by Workforce Connection representatives at this year's expo was a decrease in oil and gas company presence, and an increase in representation from various healthcare professions, which Allen attributed to the economic situation.

"We definitely had an overflow of employers from doctor's offices, dental offices, and home health care offices," said Janice John, Workforce Connection career development specialist, who added that job-seekers might wish to consider the health care professions when considering future job security.

Also noticed at this expo was an increase in people seeking job training services, which Workforce Connection offers. A specific computer-based program, WorkKeys, helps identify job skills and areas where training could improve skills. It also helps develop skills in identified deficient areas in order to make job-seekers more competitive in the workforce.

"The services we have here at Workforce Connection provide skills to get people into sustainable employment," Allen said.

Workforce Connection is located at 600 W. Arrington. For additional information on their employment services, call 505-327-6126.