Triad High School will host a pair of job fairs on Tuesday, May 1. Bill Lackey/Staff

Triad to host job fairs for students, community

Triad High School will host a pair of job fairs early next month to give both high school seniors and area residents a chance to connect with local businesses.

More than a dozen companies have already signed up to participate, said JJ Martin, a supply chain management instructor for the Ohio Hi-Pointe Career Center, who helped plan the events. Both job fairs will take place on Tuesday, May 1 at the high school.

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A job fair open to high school seniors in Champaign County will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the high school. A second job fair, open to the general public, will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Most similar events in the county take place in Urbana, Martin said. Hosting the events in North Lewisburg will provide access for residents in the county who typically have further to travel.

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“We’ve open it up to more than just manufacturing to include the other opportunities that are available specifically in Champaign County,” Martin said. “There are so many open jobs in this area and that’s a good thing. Just a few years ago it seemed like we had some record-high unemployment numbers.”

Many of the opportunities available will be in entry-level positions in industries like manufacturing that might be a good fit for students who are looking to get a start on their career right out of high school, Martin said. Students planning on attending college may also learn more about potential internships in the future, he said. It will be open to all high school seniors in Champaign County.

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“This is an opportunity for those kids to go in and talk to companies and start thinking about what opportunities may be available to me right here in our community when I’m graduated from college,” Martin said.

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The companies will also open up to the general public in the evening. The goal is to make the job fairs an annual event, he said.

Other businesses interested in taking part in the job fair are encouraged to contact the Champaign Economic Partnership, he said.

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