If you think there’s no future in manufacturing, think again. Kalamazoo area manufacturers say they’re always looking for qualified candidates and so are their peers across the nation. Even with the shaky economy, manufacturers have thrived and remained relevant because they’ve adapted.
Top employers will come together to meet face to face with applicants for hundreds of available jobs during the March 21 Kalamazoo Career Fair at the Texas Township campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The Kalamazoo Valley Community College-sponsored event is the largest of its kind in the region. Organizers anticipate participation from more than 100 employers with a wide variety of current job openings. The event runs from 2 to 7 p.m. and will include break-out sessions on topics geared toward job seekers and tours of the technical training programs offered at Kalamazoo Valley. The college has hosted an Employment Expo for a number of years, but this year the college is teaming up with the Southwest Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium and Mlive Media Group.
The Southwest Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Career Consortium met in Kalamazoo on Friday, Oct. 7 to update its members on the progress of an initiative to attract, train and hire qualified candidates to current and future southwest Michigan advanced manufacturing career opportunities. At Friday’s meeting, a sample of 14 employers collectively tallied over 371 available manufacturing career opportunities within the next six months.
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