5/19/2017 – Hundreds turn out for 14th Caldwell is Hiring event

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by admin


May 19, 2017


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A long line of people dressed in everything from suits to T-shirts and jeans wrapped around the front of the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, waiting for the doors to open for the 14th Caldwell is Hiring.


Some had brought resumes and other documents in portfolios or briefcases, and others had a folder in one hand and a child in the other.


Hundreds of attendees poured into the building when the doors opened, eager to meet as many of the 51 employers as possible at the event organized by the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, in cooperation with Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute and NCWorks. By the end of the event, nearly 550 people had showed up for a job.


Caldwell EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray said because the unemployment rate is lower than it has been since 2000, advertising was expanded for the event to include a broader area. High school seniors were also invited to attend.


“Over 9,000 people have come here since we started doing this (seven years ago),” Murray said. “It has changed a lot of lives and it’s changed a lot of companies, too. Because all of those original companies that came are still coming back. Not to support it, but because this works.”


Murray said the companies attending had a total of more than 2,700 jobs to fill.


Ben Willis, a Lenoir city councilman and the director of technology services in continuing education and workforce development at CCC&TI, said he was excited to see how many people were looking for jobs in a variety of fields.


“It’s great to see the enthusiasm and the people who are looking to better themselves,” Willis said. “You’re seeing the people dressed in suits. You’re seeing the people that are dressed to work today. So there’s something for everyone here and it’s good to see that people recognize that.”


By Briana Adhikusuma, (Lenoir) News-Topic


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