PC Job Fair brings thousands of job seekers to campus

PC Job Fair

The crisp morning air buzzed with anticipation as Porterville College (PC) hosted its 3rd annual Joint Job Fair. Spearheaded by PC, the Porterville Adult School and the Tulare County WorkForce Investment Board, the event drew thousands of job seekers to campus with resumes in hand.


The PC Library was transformed into a hub for on-site interviews, while informative booths offered insights into a spectrum of career and educational opportunities.


John Hadad, Director of Business Development at GO Educate, showcased their AI-powered resume builder – a software designed to empower individuals by highlighting their skills and talents through robust language.


“We offer a comprehensive range of adult programs and are expanding to incorporate career and technical education from all Kern CCD schools, along with local training and trade schools,” Hadad elaborated.


Highlighting the value of trade professions, he emphasized the availability of well-paying jobs and “Earn and Learn” programs that enable participants to get paid while acquiring valuable skills.


Delighted participants received drawing prizes from the organizers, adding a touch of excitement to the event.


Representing Porterville Unified School District Early Education and Expanded Learning, Theresa Alvarado expressed her appreciation for the outdoor venue. “The beautiful weather is a real bonus,” she said. “It’s fantastic that the fair offers such a diverse range of resources for education and jobs.” Alvarado emphasized the importance of exposing students to career exploration early on, helping them discover their passions and build confidence.


From Porterville Unified School District and Americorps Tutoring Program to Teaching Fellows, Southern California Edison, and Porterville Development Center, the fair presented a comprehensive picture of available options for those seeking employment.


Bryant Hernandez lauded the job fair’s role in raising community awareness and providing avenues for exploring diverse career paths.


Andrea Tapia, a Porterville Military Academy Cadet attending the fair alongside Lexy Asunción, echoed this sentiment. “This is a golden opportunity to gain a foothold in your chosen career path,” she affirmed.


Valerie Craig, representing PUSD Adult Education, highlighted the fair’s value for students seeking information and guidance from community partners. “We, as a community and sponsors, are united in supporting our students,” she emphasized.


Daniela Bergman, from the TC Human Resources booth, spoke enthusiastically about the event’s success in raising awareness about county job openings.


Professor Jim Carson, from PC’s Business and Information Systems department, expressed delight at the large turnout. “It’s wonderful to see so many people interacting and networking,” he observed,


The Community Job Fair serves a vital role in fostering connections. Porterville Adult School students see themselves seamlessly transitioning to PC, while community members gain a renewed sense of the college’s commitment to supporting their needs. As PC organizer Reagen Dozier aptly summarized, “The fair is about creating a space where everyone feels included and empowered to pursue their dreams.”