Greene County to hold second re-entry conference, job fair

March 20, 2017
Greene County President Judge Farley Toothman talks to a crowd during a job fair at Greene County Fairgrounds last June that focused on people with criminal records who need help finding employment. - Katie Anderson / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – Greene County is planning its second re-entry conference and job fair this month, since the first one, held last year, was considered a success. “It was pretty successful last year,” said Terri Cooley-Taylor, site administrator for CareerLink Greene County. “We had around 200 job-seekers come in and go through the conference and job fair and we wanted to do it again.”

The conference and fair will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at Greene County Fairgrounds and is hosted by the Greene County Court of Common Pleas, the Greene County commissioners, and the Southwest Corner Workforce Board.

The day will begin with the conference, which is geared towards people with criminal records who need help finding employment. Several speakers from probation and the county court will talk about how people can get back on their feet after getting out of jail or out of the court system.

Bobby Steele, of T3 Oilfield Services, will be the keynote speaker. He was a re-entry client who will tell his own story about success after prison, Cooley-Taylor said.

They will also have state Department of Transportation representatives available to talk about license issues related to re-entry, like suspensions. They will also have people available to talk about housing and substance abuse recovery options.

Greene County President Judge Farley Toothman will hold court at the fairgrounds like he did last year as well. He said they are expecting 44 defendants to appear.

“The court continues to be a partner of the state job service and other organizations to match up those who are under criminal and civil supervision with the opportunity for re-training and continued rehabilitation, mostly with regard to drug and alcohol addiction,” he said.

Cooley-Taylor said the job fair portion of the day is open to the entire community. She said about 32 job vendors have signed up so far.

“Many of the vendors said that they either hired people from last year’s fair or they had a good response, so they wanted to be a part of it again,” she said. “There’s going to be something for everybody. We have a lot of employers from many different industries.”

Admission to the conference and job fair is free, and breakfast and lunch are provided for participants. Registration is required by March 21. To register, call 724-229-5083, ext. 31, or email khuffman@washingtongreene.org.

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