Job Fair Brings 1,500 Hopefuls

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville)–Around 1,500 job seekers were out in full effect this week. Wednesday brought out High Desert residents by the hundreds to Victor Valley College for this year’s Victor Valley Regional Job Fair, where the next job could be in the next booth.

The job fair, which ran from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, saw community members and leaders alike in mass quantities all converging to the Victor Valley College Gym. Even an hour after the job fair officially opened, there was still a line wrapping around out the door and into the parking lot just to enter the gymnasium floor.

Employers on site included Desert Community Bank, Wal-Mart, Sonic Drive-In, St. Mary Medical Center, and many more. Various schools were on hand as well, including Victor Valley College, California Career Schools, the Art Institute of California, Westech College, and Azusa Pacific University.

Azusa Pacific’s Anthony Bravo, Assistant Director at the High Desert Campus, spoke about the reception the school received during the event. “It’s been really good, the community is coming out showing strong support.

Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt came out and let everyone know that with the current economic downturn, jobs are few and far between. So just to have a lot of the business community, a lot of the different schools like Azusa Pacific University out here to trying to help out community members to become educated, get the careers and the job positions they want. It’s been a really good showing.”

Job seekers saw the event in a positive light as well. Hesperia resident Yesenia Ramirez gave her opinion as she filled out an application; “I think this is pretty good, because I have been to other jobs fairs and this went pretty quick.” The quickness she spoke of came in the form of the various lines for the extremely popular booths.

Lines formed for employers such as the BNSF Railway, Desert Community Bank, Wal-Mart and St. Mary Medical Center. Though large in appearance, the lines went by at a rapid speed, which allowed for attendees to visit each booth that caught their eye.

While waiting in the line for the St. Mary booth, Victorville resident Danielle Lozano touched on her optimistic view of the job fair, “I think its well put. I didn’t expect it to be as organized. I am upset that the better employers have really long lines, but it’s worth the wait.” Like Danielle and Yesenia, most of the job seekers were dressed to impress, ready to walk right into an interview with resume in hand.

The event was made possible by the San Bernardino County Workforce Development as well as all their various partners in the community. For more information on the Workforce Development Department, visit their website at https://www.csb-win.org.

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