WILLIAMSON – At the Williamson City Council meeting held Thursday, December 11, Mayor Robert Carlton discussed plans for an upcoming job and resource fair that he is currently in the process of organizing.
Carlton approached the subject saying, “The next issue is the discussion of the career fair that I am hoping to do at the (Williamson) Fieldhouse or at one of the other city facilities with the approval of the city council so they can be aware of what is going on and perhaps participate.”
Carlton explained his expectations for the job fair saying, “This is basically a career fair for our unemployed coal miners and other people in the area that are unemployed. We can have our police and fire department at the career fair. Even though they are not hiring at the moment, they tell them how to do that in other cities and towns; what is required and what the certifications are and go over the process. In addition, I can have people from the wood flooring plant that opened up. They are putting on another shift as I understand and there are some openings.”
The job fair will also serve as an opportunity to make citizens aware of the resources and opportunities that are available to provide assistance.
“I hope to have people from the Unemployment Office there to give counseling and guidance and people from the college (SWVCTC) to tell them what grants are available and so forth. There is a lot available for the miners out there. There are some programs out there that need to be explored and we will see if we can give them an opportunity to do that,” Carlton explained.
Carlton mentioned the job fair again during the portion of the meeting allotted for Mayor remarks. “I am looking forward to the job fair. I want everyone here to help. Come down, set up a booth and tell people what you know about doing your job and how to go about getting a similar job.”
The job fair also serves as a way for city agencies and organizations to show support for the growing number of displaced workers in the area. Carlton explained this saying, “It is a good way for us to show people that we care. It is important that we care. If nothing else, you can give them a hug; give them some advice and somebody to talk to. If anyone that wants to help let me know. I am going to be contacting some of the city agencies to participate as well.”
More information on the job fair will be released as it becomes available. The next Williamson City Council meeting will take place in the Williamson City Council Chambers Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242. ext. 2279.)