Job Fair connects jobs, employees

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twenty-seven businesses and organizations were on site to meet potential employees at the Preble County Job Fair held on Wednesday evening, Feb. 8.

Every field from the U.S. Armed Forces to manufacturing was represented at the event, which organizers have said was the first true job fair for Preble County held in a community setting and organized through the collaborative effort of its sponsors.

The event, sponsored by the Preble County Development Partnership, Preble County Chamber of Commerce and OhioMeansJobs Preble County, was hosted at Twin Valley Community Local Schools in West Alexandria.

Twin Valley Superintendent Bob Fischer was a coordinator for the event.

“We’re excited about providing this new opportunity for the community to learn about potential employment opportunities in the county,” Fischer said in January.

Fischer and others were very happy with the turn out at the event last week. Potential job candidates were actually lined up at 4:45 p.m., before the doors opened and the event was scheduled to begin. Well over 100 job seekers attended, according to Fischer.

Organizers said the event brought out some “great applicants,” and the feedback from everyone, both the employers and job seekers, was good.

The Job Fair was a joint effort between the Preble County Development Partnership, Preble County Workforce Development Committee and the Preble County Job and Family Services.

“These groups have been working together over the past four years to create experiences for our students and community to learn about career opportunities available in Preble County,” Fischer said.

According to Fischer, the groups’ collaborations began with Preble County Manufacturing Day.

“Then we added the National Trail Career and College Fair and now we are adding the Job Fair,” he said. “Our next step is to work with local businesses to create internships/apprenticeships for interested students. All of these programs are being created with the focus of keeping our people in the county and creating an understanding of the career paths individuals can take.”

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.