Chamber members connect with potential employees at job fair

Mar 12, 2024 | Featured, Business | 0 comments

From left, Great Lakes Popcorn Co. employees McKenna Boling and Bri Cordero talk with Port Clinton High School student, Anna Hittepole. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Nearly 30 local businesses participated in the Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Port Clinton High School job fair held at the school on March 6. The event created the opportunity for employers to connect in the early afternoon with high school students looking for afterschool or summer jobs. Later in the day, the event was open to the public.

“This was an opportunity for our members to have a hiring event,” said chamber board member, Erin Linehan. “It was free to chamber members. It’s one of the many benefits our chamber members receive.”

Among the participating businesses was the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry, which was hoping to attract workers to join the summer range crew.

“Kids work in processing or on the air rifle range,” said Chief Human Resources Officer, Shannon Hand. “They help set up the range. There’s a lot of posting of targets. There’s a lot of variety in the job, and you get to work outside a lot.”

Kari and Kip Krupp bought Dockside Dairy on Catawba last July, and they are preparing for their first full year of business when they open in May. The Krupps are hoping to add to their staff.

“We need five or six more employees,” Kari said. “We’d like to extend our hours, but we’ll need more employees.”

African Safari Wildlife Park employees promoted many job openings at the park, including animal attendant, café worker and groundskeeper. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

Edgewood Manor is hiring for several departments, including housekeeping, dietary, laundry and nursing. Director of Marketing Kelly Dority said some of their employees who aspire to be nurses join the staff in other departments to get their foot in the door.

“Our rate of pay is very good. We’re very competitive,” she said.

Shores and Islands Ohio Visitor Experience Manager Brian Shifflet was at the job fair promoting open positions for traveler counselors. Traveler counselors assist guests who walk into the visitor’s center, and they also man the live chat.

“We’re looking for teens or adults in our Port Clinton and Sandusky offices,” he said.

African Safari Wildlife Park attended the job fair in hopes of filling several spots at the park, including animal attendant, café worker and groundskeeper. The park hires staff as young as 14 years old.

“I worked in fast food when I was young, and this is hands-down so much better,” said Guest Services Manager Seth Hojnacki. “It’s a dream-come-true kind of job. You’re outside and not cooped up in a kitchen.”

The job fair provided a practical supplement to the school’s career readiness program. Career Development Coach Mike Miller has connected students to over 100 job shadow opportunities this school year, and the job fair gave students further exposure to professional prospects in the county.

“The job fair gives our kids the opportunity to talk to employers and hopefully find employment for summertime and beyond,” said Port Clinton High School Principal Gary Steyer. “It’s good for the community to connect with our kids and form relationships with them.”

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