Free event to help laid-off workers find jobs

The Daily Times staff
The Quality Center for Business at San Juan College.

FARMINGTON – Economic development and college officials aim to help people who are out of work land a job or train for a new one at a free jobs event on Saturday.

Sponsored by Four Corners Economic Development, the Enterprise Center and the Quality Center for Business, the expo will bring together people in need of work and businesses looking to hire them.

Called the "Real People, Real Jobs Opportunity Expo," the free event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Quality Center for Business at San Juan College, 5101 College Blvd. in Farmington.

The first expo was held last month and was attended by about 350 people, organization officials said.

Businesses looking for new hires at the expo include the Public Service Company of New Mexico, the Farmington Police Department, the Central Consolidated School District and the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Business consultants will also be on hand to help direct small business owners looking to pursue a new direction. And college officials will be available to help workers transition from one job sector to another with information about training and certificate programs. People who have retirement or investment questions can seek help from financial advisers.

Judy Castleberry, the Enterprise Center director, said in a press release that the event was designed to particularly address the thousands of laid-off workers in the oil and gas, and mining industries. But the event is also geared toward helping all workers of any industry or age chart their next step.

"We wanted (people) to know that the community supports them," Castleberry said.

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