MONROE, La. (KNOE) – Ouachita Works held a job and career expo at the Monroe Civic Center.
Ouachita Works worked with the Monroe and West Monroe Chambers of Commerce, United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, and the Ouachita Parish Police Jury to present the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
The Job and Career Expo aimed to connect people to new opportunities in northeast Louisiana.
More than 60 employers set up their booths to talk to job seekers, and people from all over northeast Louisiana came ashore in their new careers.
Kim Lowery, vice president of strategies at United Way of NELA, says employers provide opportunities for job seekers to connect with employment in the community.
“Well, we see there’s a lot of opportunity,” Lowery says. “When you look around you can see that there are many opportunities for employers who are hiring. And so the hope would be to connect people who may be trying to change their skills, increase their skills and opportunities, and connect them to those employers to better their lives and our community.
A gas and telecommunications company, Etheridge Pipeline & Conduit (EPC), has several positions open for easily trainable candidates.
“There is a lot of money coming from the government to install fiber in rural areas,” explains EPC’s accounting manager, Courtney Dickerson. “So we’re going to put a lot of pipes in the ground, hang a lot of lines in the air. So we will need a lot of people to help us do that.
Community Program Director Adam Alexander of the Ouachita Parish Workforce told KNOE Wednesday evening that the expo had more than 500 job seekers. Alexander says the Job and Career Expo will happen again in the spring of 2023.
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