KEYSER - Sen. Joe Manchin's office has sponsored 30 regional job fairs in the past two years, with literally thousands of people showing up to either search for a job or receive information on how to better promote themselves as potential job candidates.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Sen. Joe Manchin’s office has sponsored 30 regional job fairs in the past two years, with literally thousands of people showing up to either search for a job or receive information on how to better promote themselves as potential job candidates.
The Senator feels the effort has definitely been worth it.
“We’re hearing success stories all the time,” he said this week in a telephone interview with the News Tribune.
Friay’s job fair in Keyser, which is being co-sponsored by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, will be Manchin’s 31st fair and is expected to draw 48 employers and/or agencies involved in the process of getting West Virginia’s people back to work.
“You’ll probably have more than that when you’re done,” he said, noting that participants are continuing to sign up for the fair.
He calls the job fair a “one-stop shop” for those looking for work or looking to better themselves.
“People are sometimes intimidated by the job seeking process,” he said. “This is the easiest way to get into the job market.
“It’s a smorgasbord of opportunity.”
Those signed up to participate in the job fair include:
ACT Personnel
Aetna Better Health of West Virginia
Allegany College of Maryland
Allegany Radio Corporation
American Woodmark
Army National Guard
ATK
Bankers Life
Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center
Children’s Home Society
Coordinating Council for Independent Living
West Virginia Division of Highways
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College
Federal Bureau of Prisons
First Energy/Potomac Edison
FNB Bank
Hamilton Relay
Hunter Douglas
IBM
Job Corp
Macys Inc.
Maryland Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Maryland State Police
Moran Manor
Pilgrim’s Pride
Potomac Highlands Guild
Potomac State College
REM of West Virginia
RESA 8 Adult Education
Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Stonerise Healthcare
Strategic Resolution Experts Inc.
Telamon Corporation
The Health Plan
Transamerica
Transportation Security Administration
UPS
United States Army
WorkForce West Virginia
West Virginia Air National Guard
West Virginia ESGR
West Virginia Laborers Training Trust Fund
West Virginia Personnel/Professional Management Group
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation
West Virginia State Police
WVU Division of Talent & Culture
WVU Industrial Extension - WV Manufacturing
WVU Specialized Family Care Program
The job fair is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the J. Edward Kelley Complex (former National Guard Armory) on the campus of Potomac State College.
Among those partnering with Sen. Manchin and the Chamber to make the fair possible are WorkForce West Virginia, Region VII Workforce Development Board, Potomac State College, The Greater Cumberland Committee, Allegany Radio Corporation and the Mineral Daily News Tribune.
No appointments are necessary.