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Clatsop County Career & Job Fair Job seekers and industries unite

By Luke Whittaker

The Daily Astorian

Published on March 8, 2017 11:54AM

SFC Katy Pritchard, a career counselor and member of the Oregon Army National Guard, spoke to students. “This is an amazing opportunity,” Pritchard said.

SFC Katy Pritchard, a career counselor and member of the Oregon Army National Guard, spoke to students. “This is an amazing opportunity,” Pritchard said.

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Paul Mitchell, director of marketing at Columbia Memorial Hospital, visited with student Sergei Davis. Davis was interested in a career in healthcare after mentoring with Chad Rankin, an athletic trainer at CMH.

Paul Mitchell, director of marketing at Columbia Memorial Hospital, visited with student Sergei Davis. Davis was interested in a career in healthcare after mentoring with Chad Rankin, an athletic trainer at CMH.

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Pacific Power general foreman Doug Peterson, center, gave students an introduction to transformers.

Pacific Power general foreman Doug Peterson, center, gave students an introduction to transformers.

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Warrenton junior Matt Duncan went to the career fair in search of a job in food service.

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Warrenton junior Matt Duncan went to the career fair in search of a job in food service.

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Andrew Conrad, a junior at Astoria High School, center, was most intrigued by a career with police departments. “I thought they were really interesting,” he said.

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Andrew Conrad, a junior at Astoria High School, center, was most intrigued by a career with police departments. “I thought they were really interesting,” he said.

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ASTORIA — More than 800 job seekers from nine area schools and the community attended the third annual Clatsop County Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 22, where they were met by more than 70 awaiting employers. The annual fair serves as an important hiring forum to connect local industries and businesses with job seekers.

“It’s difficult for employers to find good help,” organizer and director of Clatsop Economic Development Resources Kevin Leahy said. “We hope this is an opportunity for employers, students and general job seekers.”

Among the attendees were students from nine area schools. Members of the general public were permitted in the afternoon. A trio of guest speakers including an entrepreneur, a professional forester and an elected official kicked off the event by encouraging job-seekers to find a field they love and not be afraid of failure.

Many students at the fair signed up for seasonal, summer jobs while others chatted with industry professional about potential careers. Each had an opportunity to brush up on interview and resume skills, and most took advantage.

“Each year it gets better,” Leahy said.









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