Crawford County Adult Education Center will hold a free fall career fair for the public Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Located at 605 Alma Boulevard Circle in Van Buren, the CCAEC is holding the fair to allow those looking for work to connect with local employers, schools and community resources, said Laura Gornall, a career coach with the center.

"We know that there are jobs available in the area and we know that there are people looking for jobs in the area," Gornall said. "Our goal is to be a spot available to help with that for free. We want to be a resource for our community."

A number of different entities have signed up to be at the fair, Gornall said.

"It’s a mix of different community resources, schools, retraining programs, military, and of course, businesses that are hiring," Gornall said.

Businesses that have signed up include Go Ye, Inc., TRAC Staffing, Tec Staffing, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Vincennes University, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark, Academy of Salon and Spa, Vista College, Indian Capital Technology Center, Pepper Source, Sykes Enterprises, Simmons Foods and OK Foods.

A mobile unit from the Department of Workforce Services equipped with computers, printers, and internet access will be set up at the event to help with online job applications, Gornall said.

The unit even offers a private interview room, she said.

Computer labs in the CCAEC also will be set up to help with applications and resumes, Gornall said.

It’s important those who attend the fair looking for work dress professionally and with a resume in hand, Gornall said. Even a rough draft resume can be updated at the fair, she said.

"We want to encourage them to be ready to talk to a potential employer," Gornall said.

CCAEC offers GED preparation and testing, citizenship classes, college and military entrance programs, computer classes and variety of other programs.

Gornall said the fair is being held in celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.

"We don’t just want to help people get a GED, take a math class or a computer class. We want to help them get a job, too," Gornall said.

A free lunch will be served to fair attendees, sponsored by Arvest Bank.

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