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MHCC April 18 job fair will have more than 65 employers looking for good workers

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Mt. Hood Community College will have more than 65 employers represented at its April 18 job fair. Need a job or thinking about switching careers? Mt. Hood Community College is having a career fair with more than 65 employers looking for good workers.

The fair is open to all, you don't have to be a student or graduate of the college to attend the free event.

This year's spring job fair will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Vista Dining Hall, Room AC2002, on the college's Gresham campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

Employers from a wide variety of fields will be there to discuss jobs in criminal justice, manufacturing, healthcare, government and nonprofit organizations.

For employers, it's a chance to promote their organizations and provides them access to a local workforce, noted Cathi Forsythe, human resources analyst with the city of Gresham.

"We've gone to every single career fair at the college for the last four years," said Forsythe, who is a 2012 alumni of MHCC.

"One of our focuses is providing job opportunities to people living in the area, so the MHCC career fairs help connect us to that local population," she said.

The city of Gresham maintains an open and competitive hiring process. However, Forsythe said that when she and other city representatives attend MHCC job fairs, they can offer guidance on preparing application materials and submitting a quality application, which is an additional benefit for jobseekers attending the fair.

For students at Mt. Hood Community College, the career fair is just one of multiple ways to get help preparing for and finding a job.

The Career Planning & Counseling Center (CPCC) at MHCC is a place for students to connect with local and regional employers and to prepare for job seeking and interviews.

"If a student's goal is to find a job or internship while in college or upon graduating from MHCC, we offer the tools and knowledge to help them achieve that goal," said Jennifer McNeil, MHCC's career development coordinator.

The career center's resources can be tapped in-person or online and include tools ranging from interviewing workshops and career counseling sessions to online job boards and career fairs.

Local employers and MHCC alumni also can access an online career development and job board to find and/or share local employment opportunities.

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