PRESTONSBURG – High school students had the unique opportunity to speak with over 40 different employers and several colleges as the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Center located in Prestonsburg held its bi-annual career and job fair on Thursday.
“The event is held twice a year to give the Perkins students and local high school students and community members the opportunity to meet with various employers and colleges located in one location,” said Jimmie Wilson, Business Community Liaison for Carl D. Perkins Job Corps.
Job Corp students come from various places throughout the United States to receive the skills and training to succeed in today’s workforce without any cost to the student or their family. In addition to offering students a high school diploma from their choice of either Paintsville High School or Penn Foster Online High School, they also offer several vocational trades which include: Security and Protective Services, Culinary Arts, Office Administration, Facilities Maintenance, Carpentry and Electrical. Perkins also in partnership with Big Sandy Community and Technical College offer training that include: CAN, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy Tech, Welding, Diesel, Auto Mechanic and Auto Body.
The following businesses’ participated in the event: United States Army, United States Marines, United States Army Corps of Engineers, University of Kentucky, Lindsey Wilson College, Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Morehead State University, University of Pikeville, Citizens National Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, BB & T Bank, Big Sandy Community Action Program, Kentucky Career Centers, Floyd County Chronicle, Allen Central High School, South Floyd High School, The David School, North Point Academy, Kentucky Department of Corrections, U. S. Big Sandy Prison, Prestonsburg City Police, Prestonsburg Fire Department, Pike County EMS, Super 8 of Prestonsburg, Mt. Comprehensive Care “ Green Dot” Program, Highlands Regional Medical Center, McDowell Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Appalachia Hospice, Ramey Estep Homes, McDonald’s of East Kentucky, Cash Express, Marshalls Department Store, Kentucky Connect, Kentucky SPIN, Kentucky Teleworks, Johnson County Extension Service, Floyd County Chamber, Kentucky Family Assistance Center, Kentucky Outreach and Admissions, Carl D. Perkins Youth2Youth Partners4Peace, Appalachia Pregnancy Center, Anthem Blue Cross, Walmart, Jenny Wiley State Park, and Kentucky State Probation and Parole.
Perkins staff was available to give center tours to everyone who was interested. The next college/career day will be held in the fall.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 794-0290.