March 16, 2009


NACC Presents Career Fair for Community

Several hundred area residents recently attended a Career Fair held at Northeast Alabama Community College. This first-of-its-kind event was held to provide information on careers and job training programs that may be pursued at the college. NACC officials also discussed financial aid, career readiness certificates, the college’s Student Success Center, and the NACC’s ready-to-work program. Personnel with area Career Centers and the Center for Educational Excellence also provided information. “This is great,” observed Priscilla Chambliss, an attendee from Fort Payne. “If you don’t know what to go into, this really helps you figure it out.”

At the Career Fair, particular emphasis was placed on providing information to area workers who may have been displaced due to plant closings or layoffs. Many plants in the area, NACC officials noted, are providing assistance to displaced workers to help them get retraining for other jobs. A large number of these workers have enrolled in NACC’s adult education program as a first step toward retraining and a new job.

“In addition to changes resulting in the downturn in the economy, the workplace also is changing,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “New types of jobs are emerging and new skills are required for these jobs. We want to help people prepare for these changes and benefit from them.” Campbell commended Northeast personnel for their dedication and work in conducting the Career Fair. Approximately twenty-five NACC staff members gave presentations at the Career Fair while others provided information and answered questions at booths that were set up in the Workforce Development Building.

Northeast personnel provided attendees with information on careers in a wide range of programs, including cosmetology, welding technology, child development, pharmacy technician, registered nursing, licensed practical nursing, nursing assistant, medical assisting, machine tool technology, emergency medical services/paramedic, industrial electronics, dental aide, industrial maintenance, law enforcement, business, computer information systems, office administration, industrial electronics, drafting and design technology, home health/hospice care, and other careers that may be pursued through the college’s academic transfer program that leads to four-year degrees in almost any field. For more information about Northeast and the college’s programs, go to the
Admissions page or telephone ext. 222.

Pictured in front of displays about career programs
Shown with a "Career Ready" poster

Above, (L-R) NACC Dean of Students Tonie Niblett greets Career Fair participants Mika Marshall of Sylvania, Jan Allen of Mt Vernon, and Wayne Leonard of Fort Payne.

Left, among the many presenters at the NACC Career Fair were (standing) Linda McCain of the Career Centers Systems and Nancy Griggs, NACC Administrative Assistant for Workforce Development; and (seated) Marsha Amos of the Career Centers Systems.

Below, NACC Administrative Assistant Julie Cohen addresses participants on the subject of skills training.

Pictured in one of the Workforce Development classrooms