Employment and Business Expo Offers Plenty of Opportunty

CLEARFIELD – The average person will switch jobs about nine times in their life, according to information from the U.S. Department of Labor. Some will also make a career switch as well.

Information on both was available at the 2007 Employment and Business Expo at the Clearfield Driving Park Thursday. (The event continues until 7 p.m.)

Representatives from post-secondary institutions as well as business and industry were on hand to provide attendees with information on how to train and get the right job for them.

“It’s an opportunity to meet with employers and training providers,” said Kelly Pisarchick of the DuBois CareerLink and one of the event organizers.

Todd Vanderbaugh of the Clearfield CareerLink agreed, saying that senior students from the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center were at the event and took in both aspects — training opportunities and job availability.

Pisarchick and Vanderbaugh noted that they were also on the lookout for exhibitors for next year’s event.

“We’re always looking to grow,” she said. For information on exhibiting at the 2008 event, contact your local CareerLink office.

On the training side, Carolyn Grecco, adult education facilitator for Central Intermediate Unit No. 10, was presenting information about the adult education and GED courses. She also spoke about the New Choices/New Options program, which provides people the opportuity to work through the maze of finding a new job.

All of the programs she discussed are free.

“It’s your tax dollars at work,” she said. For information, visit the CIU 10 table at the expo or call 765-1131.

Patty Lippart, feld human resources officer with the Clearfield Count Assistance Office, was providing help with questions about the state civil service exam.

She said many opportunities can be found online, and all provide an outline of required experience and education.

Many jobs exist, Lippart said, from clerical to social service positions, and some are within county government.

“You can find things out and even schedule a test online.”

Penn State DuBois representatives were at the expo and ready to discuss higher learning in a local setting.

“If they’re in the area, they would be able to commute from home,” said Holli Lashinsky, admissions officer at Penn State DuBois, when asked about the benefits of attending Penn State DuBois instead of other schools. She noted that it is estimated that a student will save $15,000 in two years just in room and board costs by living at home.

She said the small class size of 24 students provides for better interaction with professors and teachers.

The campus’ ever-expanding bachelor’s degree offerings just welcomed a four-year information, sciences and technology degree as well as a four-year earth sciences degree, Lashinsky said. Those programs are complimented by 10 associate degree programs.

Another local college, Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus, was providing information on the five associate and two bachelor’s degrees currently available.

Valerie Dixon, assistant director of admissions, said that the university is always assessing need, and those programs are subject to change.

Dixon said and LHU Clearfield education is “an affordable education close to home.”

She said the small-school feel is carried through with an approximate class size of 20.

Other courses are available for professionals looking to pick up new skills, according to Administrative Assistant Teri Neeper.

“We’re trying to get some classes to benefit the businesses in town and compliment what they’re already doing,” she said.

Representatives at the fair were also recruiting for new employees.

Lisa Freeberg, general manager of McDonald’s on Old Town Road, said the company is at the fair for the first time this year.

“We saw it as a chance to tap into a new pool of applicants,” she said.

Both Freeberg and Ann Rubly, training coordinator, agreed that some of the benefits of a McDonald’s career are the flexible schedule and opportunity for advancement.

“It’s all what you make of it,” Rubly said, adding that employees receive on-the-job training.

The expo is open until 7 p.m. Thursday. Information can also be found at your local CareerLink office.

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