Local Job Fair at KPC tames the jungle

Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2002

One of the most highly publicized Job Fairs ever on the Kenai Peninsula took place last week at Kenai Peninsula College. A month prior to the event a multi-media and personal information campaign proclaimed the fierceness of the jungle like market place when it came to finding a job in Alaska.

According to Suzie Kendrick, KPC publicity director, the combined efforts of the professional staff at the Job Center and KPC paid off with the largest turn out ever for such an event. "My philosophy in this community is that if you let them know it's happening, they will come," said Kendrick.

Major oil and gas support industries such as Udelhoven Oilfield System Services had booths set up at the fair, "We've collected resumes here, and we've ended up with a lot of good job candidates here today. It's been very profitable for us to be here, this is a good thing," said Milt Allen, Udelhoven Project Manager.

A broad cross section of over 80 businesses, organizations and labor unions were on hand to talk with the next generation labor force on the Kenai Peninsula. "We're very concerned about the local work force for the oil and gas industry because there aren't enough people preparing to go into the industry. So this helps to promote interest in the industry," added Allen. Hundreds of young people, job seekers, and students registered at the Job Fair to win door prizes that included a grand prize of free credit hours at KPC.

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