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As benefits expire and workers reconsider their roles, Clackamas Workforce Partnership hosts four career fairs Clackamas Town Center.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP - The July Drive Thru Job Fair at Clackamas Community College. Four more career fairs are coming to Clackamas Town Center mall in September, startng Sept 8 with a focus on construction.

Shopping for a job? Clackamas Workforce Partnership is holding four career fairs at Clackamas Town Center covering the construction, service, healthcare and manufacturing industries.

The fairs will be held indoors in the walking part of the mall, near Dick's Sporting Goods. Organizers say they will move the events outdoors if COVID-19 rates worsen.

The fairs are on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The hour of 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is reserved for veterans and their families.

The fairs run Sept. 8 (construction), Sept. 15 (retail and service industry), Sept. 22 (healthcare) and coinciding with National Manufacturing Week, Sept. 29 (manufacturing), and are now called hiring events, since many people get job offers on the spot.

"Hopefully, people will come in already with those skills," said Bridget Dazey, executive director at Clackamas Workforce Partnership. "But if they don't have skills, we'll have people on site that can talk to them about training opportunities and options."

This is a coordinated event with CWP, WorkSource, Oregon Employment Dept. and Clackamas Community College.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Road workers at Division Street. The job fair at Clackamas Town Center on Sept. 8 is focused on contruction and will have a strong presence by private and public constrution job hiring managers.

The pandemic led to low enrollment in Community Colleges as many students felt they were not able to learn remotely. This has made job fairs more important in sorting out who is ready for a career from those who just need a quick, low-skilled job.

The fairs are connected to the Quality Jobs initiative, which has the slogan, "This is what good jobs mean to us." They focus on jobs with livable wages, benefits, training and a culture of safety. One issue is flexibility: many minimum wage service jobs, such as in fast food, go unfilled because staff cannot work with "call-in" hours, where they must call in frequently to know when they are working and can't plan ahead. This becomes particularly difficult when trying to combine multiple jobs, schoolwork and childcare.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP - Job fair at Clackmas Community College in July.

Unemployment is falling, and many jobs go unfilled, but jobseekers have become complex consumers.

After a successful drive-through job fair, at Clackamas Community College in July, Dazey challenged her staff to come up with a job fair every day.

"They were like, 'We'll meet you in the middle. And we'll do one every week and see how that goes'."

Hiring events

WHAT: September Job Fairs in construction, service, healthcare and manufacturing

WHEN: Wednesdays at Clackamas Town Center (1200 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley Oregon 97086) – Lower Level between Dick's Sporting Goods & the former Nordstrom's.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Reserved for Veterans & Families

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Open to the Public

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