Career fair targets local Goodyear associates

Career fair targets local Goodyear associates

Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 9:06 pm

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Organizers have scheduled a career fair for Thursday at the John Tanner National Guard Armory.
The one-day career fair is being put on to help Goodyear workers who are facing the shutdown of the local tire plant, but the event is also open to the public.
Also, students from seven area high schools have been invited to attend the career fair, according to organizer Mike McKenzie.
He said students from Obion County Central High School, Union City High School, South Fulton High School, Dyer County High School, Fulton City and Fulton County (Ky.) high schools and Martin Westview High School have all been issued an invitation to attend the career fair and talk with representatives of various colleges, universities, vocational and technical schools and trade schools.
Thursday’s fair will follow the same format as a financial fair held last month at the local armory.
The career fair will be open from 7:30-10 a.m. and from 12:30-5 p.m.
There is no charge to attend the event and it is open to anyone who wants to attend, according to McKenzie.
Representatives from a wide range of higher education institutions have been invited to participate in the event.
McKenzie said the fair was organized to provide options for Goodyear workers interested in learning about pursuing a degree to deal with the loss of their job at the local Goodyear plant.
The local tire plant is scheduled to shut down by the end of this year.
An estimated 1,850 hourly workers are currently employed at the Union City Goodyear plant.
Among those invited to participate in the fair are representatives from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Bethel University, Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, Murray State University, Union University, Freed Hardeman University and Lane College.
Invitations have also been extended to recruiters from area technical schools, two massage therapy schools, the Tennessee National Guard, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, two beauty schools, a computer learning center, an automotive/diesel repair school and several other colleges from across the region.

Published in The Messenger 5.9.11

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