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ECC Hosting Job Fair on Friday

Edgecombe Community College and the Daily Southerner are gearing up for a career fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the college's Tarboro campus in the Fleming Building.

"Potential employees should come out dressed for success in professional business attire," says Marie Wilson, student services counselor at ECC.

While Edgecombe County’s unemployment rate has decreased in the past year, it is still in the double digits and the fifth highest in the state. In January, there were 2,910 unemployed individuals.

Last year, nearly 400 people attended the Job Fair, and Wilson says the community college is hoping for that type of turnout at this year’s fair. The majority of employers scheduled to attend the event are healthcare agencies, staffing agencies, and manufacturing industries. Superior Essex, Keihin Carolina System Technology, and Vidant Edgecombe Hospital are among the businesses.

“Edgecombe Community College has a good relationship with area employers,” Wilson says. “We’re continuously striving to improve that relationship.”

She says employers’ attendance at ECC events such as the job fair and the recent career clusters showcase and manufacturing day, as well as their hire of ECC graduates, is proof of the positive relationship the community college shares with “area partners.”

ECC’s role is preparing the local workforce for jobs in today’s market. Wilson says ECC is a good place for people to go to update their job readiness skills.

The college received a national Career Preparedness Award in May 2013.

"Central to our college's career preparedness is the Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), which is used by our employers locally and employers nationwide," Wilson says. All ECC students are given the CRC assessment in curriculum program courses.

Additionally, Wilson says ECC offers a variety of programs in "just about anything. Our certificates, diplomas, and degrees lend themselves to careers that are in demand, especially our healthcare and industrial programs."

By Miranda Baines
The Daily Southerner