JobsNOW: YSU to host ‘Explore the Valley’ virtual job fair

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – There’s a good way to discover your next job opportunity. YSU, Jobs Ohio and the GM Community Investment are partnering to present some of the jobs available in the region.

The Mahoning Valley has some emerging high-tech industries, and Wednesday the Explore the Valley Virtual Career Fair will help showcase these jobs centered around electric vehicles, energy storage, even robotics and advanced manufacturing.

“It really gives us the ability to cast a wider net, to be able to attract people that maybe didn’t have the ability to come in and come on-site to an event,” said Jennifer Oddo, director of strategic workforce education and innovation (SWEI) at Youngstown State University.

The free, online event will feature virtual booths, so you can explore the employers and booths to help people really understand what in-demand jobs look like. That’s also what the Excellence Training Center at YSU will do. It opens next month and will offer advanced manufacturing-based training.

“The concept is kind of a teaching factory if you will,” said David Sipusic, executive director of the Excellence in Training Center. “We will have industry partners inside the center leasing office space working on commercial projects side by side with the learners.”

The virtual career fair is for everybody in the community, not just students. Local businesses are signed up and eager to show Valley job seekers that there are plenty of opportunities for work here.

“To showcase not just one employer but all the employers here in the region that make up this wonderful community. But our second goal is hopefully we’ll be able to attract people from outside the community who will really see the opportunity to be a part of something spectacular here,” Oddo said.

The Explore the Valley Virtual Career Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is open for employers and career explorers now and on the day of the event, including when the event goes live.

Participating employers include:

  • Ultium Cells
  • Cafaro
  • Lordstown Motors
  • Mercy Health
  • L.B. Foster
  • Steward Healthcare
  • Respiratory Care Partners
  • Cintas
  • Southwoods Health
  • Valor
  • Schwebel’s
  • Aptiv
  • Windsor House
  • Vallourec Star
  • Community Corrections Association
  • Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • Park Vista
  • Gillette Skilled Nursing Rehab
  • Youngstown Tool and Die
  • Briarfield Manor
  • ONE Health Ohio

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