Participants planning to attend the St. Joseph County Job Fair this year will want to make a note of the new time – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.  Over 50 area employers are participating in what is the largest job fair in St. Joseph County at Ken Schuler Court on the campus of Glen Oaks Community College.

Those seeking jobs will have the opportunity to meet employer representatives to learn about and apply for positions that are currently open.

“Over 50 employers are registered for the event,” said Paul Aivars, director of business outreach and services for Glen Oaks Community College.  “Businesses participating in the Job Fair either have current openings or anticipate openings. Employers may be planning on filling one position or multiple positions which may be full-time or part-time, and they could be permanent, temporary and/or seasonal.”

The event is made possible through a partnership between Michigan Works Southwest!, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Glen Oaks Community College.  In addition to the change of time, new this year are door prizes from the employer businesses. Each participant will register upon entrance and receive a ticket for door prizes which will be given away throughout the event. The Job Fair is free and open to the public and is located at the college at 62249 Shimmel Rd., in Centreville, Mich.

“This is a great opportunity for job seekers to connect with employers,” said Fred Harvey, manager, Michigan Works Southwest! “We know that a lot of people are at work during the typical work day, but may be interested in pursuing a different position/employer so we are trying something different by holding the event in the afternoon to accommodate those who may not want to leave work to attend the event.”

A new group of students has been invited to attend this year’s SJC Job Fair. They are area high school seniors who are not planning to attend college. The students will attend a two-hour program earlier in the day to learn some basic work principles prior to attending the fair.

Participants needing a ride to the event can contact the St. Joseph County Transit Authority 48 hours in advance at (269) 273-7808 and receive free bus transportation.

The event is held each spring and affords employers the opportunity to meet qualified, talented and diverse applicants.” A list of participating employers for the job fair can be found at: glenoaks.edu, under the Business and Industry/Job Fair tabs.