The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

April 18, 2013

Job fair attracts a crowd

DANVILLE — An impressive number of job seekers turned out to this year’s Danville Area Community College’s Career Connections Job Fair.

The 18th annual job fair drew about 67 organizations and employers to the Mary Miller Gymnasium, where DACC students and community members had an opportunity to meet with area employers who have current or near-future part-time and full-time job openings.

The occupation fields represented at the job fair were varied and included health care, retail, recycling, manufacturing, food service, criminal justice, communications, banking and federal and state jobs, Boyd said. Employment service agencies also were on hand.

“The turnout was very good,” said Mike O’Brien, former director of the Small Business Development Center. “What employers I spoke with seemed like they were upbeat.”

Tara Wright, an administrator with DD Homes in Danville, said her organization participates in the job fair every year.

“I’m here every year. It’s a great set-up,” she said. “There are a lot of repeat vendors.”

One job seeker, Sonia Martinez of Danville, stopped at each employer’s table to speak with a hiring specialist and to hand them her resume.

“I am very excited,” Martinez said of her prospects at the job fair.

“New stores are opening — Meijer, McDonald’s and Kohl’s — and that’s more jobs for Danville,” she said.

Martinez said she decided to go back to school after being laid off from FreightCar Services. She is studying manufacturing engineering at DACC and is interested in enrolling in mechatronics when that is offered in the fall.

“All of the industry is going to robotics,” she said.

Martinez said she was hopeful that going back to school would give her the skills she needs for a better job.

“I’m looking for more stability, but I’m also worried about my kids and what job opportunities there will be for them in Danville,” she said.

Another job seeker, Nakia Perryman of Danville, said she has been looking for a secretarial position since being laid off in January.

“It gets discouraging at times when you interview but then you get the call back that they’ve given the job to someone else with more experience,” she said.

“The job fair gives you hope that there are jobs available,” Perryman said.

A first-time job fair attendee, Krista Angus of Danville is working part-time but said she would like to find full-time employment.

“I’ve been at my job 13 years, so I was comfortable,” she said.

Now that Angus has returned to school at DACC, she said, “I’m looking for a full-time job that will work around my school schedule.”

The job fair also coincided with annual State University Transfer Day. For the fourth year in a row, representatives from several Illinois universities were on hand at the job fair to discuss university transfer options.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Committee OKs chicken ordinance research

    DANVILLE - A proposed chicken ordinance for the city already has its supporters. Resident Ed Strahl said he's more concerned about dangerous dogs than chickens. "I don't see much wrong with it (chickens in residents' backyards), if contained right,"

    April 23, 2014

  • New arrest in Friday's triple shooting DANVILLE -- Police have made a second arrest as part of the investigation into a triple shooting last week. Joquin Washington, 19, of Danville, was booked at the Public Safety Building jail around 9:20 p.m. Monday on preliminary charges of aggravated

    April 23, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include: Danville Sunday: Domestic battery along East Main Street. Disorderly conduct in the 900 block of East Madison Street. Property damage in the 500 block of Highland Park Road. Monday: Retail theft at Mach 1, 510 N.

    April 23, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls: Friday, 9:23-9:36 a.m. -- A carbon monoxide check in the 1300 block of Harmon Street. Friday, 11:50 a.m.-12:08 p.m. -- An illegal burning in the 1600 block of North Gilbert Street. Friday, 12:28-12:45 p.

    April 23, 2014

  • Fire destroys mobile home DANVILLE -- A leaf fire cost a local man his home Tuesday afternoon west of Danville. A total of seven fire departments, led by Kickapoo Fire Protection District, responded to an out-of-control leaf fire at 16930 Vermilion River Lane. Kickapoo Assist

    April 23, 2014

  • shoes1.jpg Men urged to 'walk in her shoes' at fundraiser TILTON — To understand the issue of sexualized violence against women, men need to take a walk in their shoes — both figuratively and literally.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kindergarten pre-registration set

    April 22, 2014 2 Stories

  • Group seeks volunteers to help clean up Covington

    Alinda Dickinson and Becky Jones told city council members Monday that the Green Minds of Fountain County will be cleaning up parts of Covington on Sunday as part of the group's Earth Day Celebration.

    April 22, 2014

  • Walk helps crisis center

    April 22, 2014

  • Georgetown aldermen approve budget

    Aldermen approved placing the 2014 - 2015 city budget on display Monday night. City officials anticipate a deficit of a little more than $186,000.

    April 22, 2014

E-edition
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes "RHOA's" Dramatic Brawl High school, College Drug Ring Busted In Montgomery County High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Raw: Keflezighi, Jeptoo Win Boston Marathon
Must Read