PRESTONSBURG – More than 500 jobseekers attended a multi-employer job fair hosted by the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, in conjunction with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Kentucky Career Center JobSight, and corporate sponsor GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance.
The event was held at the Jenny Wiley State Park Convention Center in Prestonsburg on Thursday, Oct. 29. Organizers at the event were elated with the number of local jobseekers—532—the event garnered.
“We’ve had 240 register within the first half hour,” Erica Ash, with Big Sandy CAP, said Thursday morning. “Last year, we had around 250 for the whole event. That’s incredible.”
Thirty-three employers were able to attend the fair and meet with potential employees, with some companies conducting interviews and drug testing at the event to better facilitate a quick hiring process.
Employers at the event included Big Sandy Health Care; Big Sandy CAP Seniors 55 Plus Program; Big Sandy Area Community Action Program; Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce; Carl D. Perkins Job Corps; Double Kwik; Gearheart Communications; GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance; Horn & Associates; K-Mart of Pikeville; KVWV Traffic Control; Kentucky Dept of Corrections; Lowes of Pikeville/Paintsville; Manpower of Lexington; McDonalds of East Kentucky; Mountain Comp; Mountain Manor Nursing Home; Pepsi; Pikeville Medical Center; alyersville Nursing & Rehab Center; ServPro; Speer Enterprises; Teleworks USA; Texas Roadhouse; TransAmerica Agency Network Pikeville/Mt Sterling; Wal-Mart; Zip Zone Express; Calgon Carbon; Asplundh; Averitt Express; Kentucky National Guard; Dress Barn and Federal Bureau of Prisons