By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Members of the Community Development Corporation Board, in conjunction with Eastern New Mexico University, will hold an Employment Fair to seek students interested in filling area positions.
“The whole intent is to find part-time employees,” said Sharon King, interim director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation.
The fair will take place on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zia Room, located in the Campus Union Building, on the Eastern New Mexico University campus.
There are 13 employers signed up, ranging from restaurants to Western Dairy Transport, King said.
According to RCCDC board president Randy Knudson, the employment fair is designed to allow local business to recruit students from both ENMU and the local high schools to work in part time job positions. Currently the unemployment rate for the area is 2 percent, he said.
“We’re interested in helping ENMU retain students by retaining employment and the businesses too,” Knudson said.
The employment fair was developed from a suggestion by David Shelton, president/CEO of Western Dairy Transport. In Stephenville, Texas, where a WDT plant is located, Shelton uses students from the local university to help fill the plant’s employment needs, Knudson said.
Through the RCCDC board, Knudson is hoping to foster more of a working relationship with the university, community and county to retain jobs for those who are interested in finding employment, he said.
“We want to foster economic development, not only in Portales, but Roosevelt County,” Knudson said.
It will be up to the students and the employers to work out what jobs are available and to who is best suited for the jobs. The RCCDC board is working as a go between in an effort to help expand and open up job opportunities for everyone involved, Knudson said.