The BGHS cafeteria during the Industry FairNeed a Job? Connect with Local Employers at the Industry Fair Feb. 20

Students, families and community members are encouraged to learn about careers in southwest Washington at Battle Ground Public Schools’ Industry Fair on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Battle Ground High School. The event, sponsored by BGPS, NEXT, Partners in Careers, and WorkSource of SW Washington will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Battle Ground High School, 300 W. Main St., in Battle Ground.

More than 65 employers from the healthcare, education, manufacturing, technology, construction, finance, hospitality, retail, apprenticeship, and transportation industries will be in attendance, and many are hiring now. Just ask Angie Haas.

The southwest Washington native had been working as a para-educator in a nearby school district for the previous 12 years, but was seeking a new employment opportunity. After hearing about the Industry Fair, Haas and her husband David both decided to attend without knowing what to expect.

“My husband and I went in being open to new opportunities, but we didn’t know there were actual jobs available at the Industry Fair,” Haas said. “We were both looking for a change, and we were blown away by the number of companies represented there and how many of them were hiring.”

That day, Haas met with representatives from Sodexo, a food service company that contracts with Battle Ground Public Schools to provide nutrition services to district schools. She was encouraged to apply for an open position, and before she knew it, she had a job offer and would start in a matter of weeks.

“I would definitely recommend the Industry Fair to anyone who is interested in learning about job opportunities in our area,” Haas said. “It only took a few hours, and I was able to learn about all kinds of new opportunities and even found a job that matched my schedule. It simplified my job search, and I am grateful this opportunity is available right here in our own community.”

If you plan to attend the Industry Fair, it is recommended that you bring your resume or arrive early to participate in a resume writing workshop. The resume writing workshop, hosted by WorkSource, will be from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s College and Career Center.

Join us for an educational evening at Battle Ground High School to learn about the many career opportunities in our region. Please contact career guidance specialist Kevin Doyle at (360) 885-6598 or doyle.kevin@battlegroundps.org with questions.

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