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WVU, Sen. Manchin partner on career fair to assist flood victims

Event set for Charleston, Sept. 30

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — After devastating floods ravaged southern West Virginia earlier this summer, the state has come together to rebuild the lives of those affected.

West Virginia University has continued to play a role in that aid, raising more than $1 million for those affected. The University has also sent more than 20 trucks full of supplies, hundreds of student and staff volunteers, and spent an estimated 2,500 hours of time serving the area.

Now, in partnership with WVU Medicine and Senator Joe Manchin’s office, the University is planning a series of career workshops designed specifically for job seekers, culminating with a major career and resource fair in the Charleston area.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Senator Manchin’s office to help those impacted explore options to rebuild their lives and stay in the great state of West Virginia,” said WVU Vice President of Talent and Culture Cris DeBord.

The career fair will be held on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center of BridgeValley Community and Technical College, located in the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.

Job seekers will have an opportunity to speak with employers from across the region, including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Lowes, UPS and the Charleston Police Department. In addition to visiting employers, attendees are also encouraged to take advantage of the GetReady Resource Area and the Military Zone.

Leading up to the career and resource fair, representatives from WVU Medicine and the University will give tips for resume preparation and interview guidance in workshops at the following times and locations:

• Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Richwood Baptist Church
• Sept. 28, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Clendenin Nazarene Church
• Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rainelle Town Hall
• Sept. 29, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Workforce WV office, Fairlea

“When it comes to helping our fellow-West Virginians, we all pull together,” said Charlotte Swiger, senior community outreach specialist with WVU. “It’s not just the spirit of ‘One WVU’ that drives us, but the spirit of One West Virginia.”

Additional partners on this project include Workforce West Virginia, BridgeValley Community & Technical College and the West Virginia National Guard.

CONTACT: Charlotte Swiger, Senior Community Outreach Specialist
304.293.6573, [email protected]

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