Big Turnout for SAGE Center Job Fair

SAGE Center Job Fair
Agriculture and energy job fair participants make their way to the 28 available booths at the SAGE Center Wednesday.

The SAGE Center’s first-ever agriculture and energy job fair Wednesday attracted a crowd of nearly 400 Wednesday in Boardman.

The event, attended by 370 people, highlighted by 28 exhibitors from regional agriculture and energy industries, educational institutions and government agencies took the opportunity to collaborate, seek out new talent and provide information to a wide range of people at the SAGE Center.

“There was a diverse group of people who are actively looking for employment with a lot of different skill sets here today,” said Kalie Davis, SAGE Center manager. “There is a great partnership between the businesses and colleges to let students know what education they need to fill current positions.”

Organizations participating the job fair echoed Davis’ sentiments regarding the event.

Kirk Jacobson, Beef Northwest human resources director, said the event exceeded his expectations. Beef Northwest runs a feedlot southwest of Boardman.

“I found at least five qualified candidates for positions here in Boardman,” Jacobson said. “I liked the outreach to the ag teachers. It helps connect me with their students in their department so they can come see what we do. I am also able to work with other HR professionals in the region.”

Students from local high schools attended to learn about available careers and what educa-tion is required to help get those jobs.

Walla Walla Community College showcased its technical training available and brought stu-dents who will be seeking jobs in the future. Brian Evensen, head electrical instructor, and James Bradshaw, energy systems technology director, both liked networking with businesses and being able to meet with potential students.

Boardman Foods vice president of operations, Debbie Radie, said she appreciated the opportunity to interact with community colleges that conduct workforce training as well as many individuals who are genuinely interested in coming to work at the Port of Morrow. Boardman Foods is an onion processor at the port.

Davis said she plans to host the event next year and stay true to the SAGE Center’s mission of showcasing the region’s agriculture and energy industries. She said she also hopes to promote local businesses and expand marketing to other regions and more job-seekers.

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