High Desert Job Fair Connect Job Seekers With Businesses
Wednesday’s event attracted 64 employers from every key industry sector in the region, including manufacturing, construction, logistics, and healthcare. Employers in attendance included Church and Dwight Company Inc., Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group, International Aerospace Coatings, Beck Oil and Mountain Ski Resort.
These high demand industry sectors alone are expected to add 65,000 new jobs in the Inland Empire in the coming decade; this represents the extraordinary opportunity that exist in one of the nation’s fastest-growing population and employment centers. With nearly 4.5 million people, the Inland Empire is now the 13th largest metropolitan statistical area in the country.
“Connecting businesses to a skilled workforce is critical to the development of the County,” said Reg Javier, San Bernardino County’s Deputy Executive Officer of Workforce & Economic Development. “Job fairs such as these are a great place for employers to establish their talent pools in which to draw. The WDB is proud of the work being done day in and day out in our America’s Job Centers of California (AJCCs).”
The WDB operates three AJCCs in the County – in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and the High Desert AJCC in Victorville. The centers provide job training, workshops for job seekers and businesses, and placement and recruitment assistance.
Wednesday’s job fair was sponsored by the WDB and the High Desert AJCC, in partnership with the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville, and local Chambers of Commerce. Full results won’t be known for a few weeks, but interviews were being scheduled throughout the day.
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Leo Garcia, a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate of University of California, Merced said he found the job fair to be very informative and is looking forward to following up with prospective employers like CEMEX. “This job fair really opened my eyes to the different opportunities available to me here in our region. I’m really looking forward to calling CEMEX tomorrow and hopefully scheduling an interview.”
“The Workforce Development Board is excited for the economic growth in the coming years,” said Tony Myrell, Chairman of the WDB. “For businesses seeking a highly skilled and highly qualified workforce, events like these are invaluable.”