Draughons Junior College in Clarksville hosted their annual career fair on June 5th. The event brings local agencies and employers together with hundreds of people who are actively seeking employment.
Some like Barbara Lucas had been looking for work (in the legal field) for over 6 months. She is currently considering returning to school. Jonathan Ligon said he was laid off 5 months ago, since then he has been unsuccessfully looking for work as a welder. Beverly Cossingham unemployed for five months, is looking for an administrative or clerical positions. However, Katie Nolan probably summed it up best. “I am looking for anything at this point, anything”, she said.
With the recent economic downtown, layoffs have become an all too common occurrence across middle Tennessee. A good example of this is the Springhill, TN GM plant which made the Chevrolet Traverse that will halt production in November laying off another 2,447 employees.
At the Clarksville Career Center booth they were handing out the listing of available jobs to the job seekers. Wendy Harrison took a minute to speak to us. Things are picking up she said, “The job market is still down, but it’s getting better”.
Vickie Kloeman, the Administrator of Elections for the Montgomery County Election Commission, was on hand to register people to vote but as she noted, “attendees seemed more interested in jobs, then voting right now”. However, she had signed up eight people to vote. “That’s eight more than we had on the rolls this morning” she said.
Draughons Campus Director Katharine Purnell wanted to say thank you to all of the agencies and employers who attended, “They have simply been wonderful.”
Attendees included: Montgomery County Government; 5 Star Radio Group; Goodwill Industries; Clarksville Dental Center; the Metro Nashville Police Department; Clarksville Police Department; The Kennedy Law Firm; THEC; Avon; Convergys; TN Department of Labor; Youth Villages; NIA Association; D&F Marketing; Cover Tennessee; Montgomery County Election Commission; Home Instead Senior Care; Fort Sill National Bank; US Bank; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital; Kelly Services; Troops for Teachers; Regions Bank; Dr. Samson Orusa; Eiro Research; Tastefully Simple; TN Rehabilitation Center; Army and Air Force Exchange Services; Scentsy Wickless Candles; Sam’s Club; Spring Meadows; Lowe’s; Kohl’s; Brown. Brown and Associates; Woodland Hills Youth Development Center; Tennessee National Guard; and Sendout Cards.