Duncan job fair showcases many employment opportunities

Duncan_Getting the job of your dreams isn't always easy, but City of Duncan officials say they have a lot to offer.  On Tuesday, hundreds of area citizens attended Duncan's third job fair in the last two years, where employers come to find their newest employees.

Duncan has a lot of manufacturing plants, so it may be expected that an employee will be getting his or her hands dirty.  But, employers want people to know that just because it's Vo-Tech, doesn't mean it's Low-Tech.

At the job fair on Tuesday, there was a sight that may not have been expected - high school students racing model cars.  It's all part of the Duncan Area Economic Development Team's plan, though.  To design the model cars, it takes precise applications of weight, speed, and aerodynamics - the types of skills many companies in the Duncan area are seeking.  "Slowly we introduce them to something where they just really didn't see the crossover, but they had a lot of fun doing," says Duncan Economic Development President Lyle Roggow.

Roggow says that there were over 30 different employers showcasing their companies to potential employees.  Shane Prestwich is looking for a job while he attends night school.  He says he didn't know there were so many different types of jobs available.  "There's diverse jobs around the area which is really cool," he said.  "Even the nursing, you know, they're telling me there's a lot of guys that do that.  So, that'd be pretty cool, maybe, to check out."

Roggow says that even though Duncan has lost some businesses in the past year, the job market continues to be full of opportunities.  "A lot of our companies continue to say, 'Hey we need individuals to go to work,'" he says.  "And sometimes you have people out there that are looking for a better opportunity."

On Tuesday, potential employees got the chance to learn to write a better resume, and were introduced to some new technology, such as a computerized lathe.  Roggow says a lot of the skills learned in designing model race cars will help students in the future.  "What we're doing here is also blending our high school students into the job-career side of this," he says.

Walters student Colten Zachary took home first prize in the CO two car race, and took home the grand prize of $1,000.

The latest employment figures indicate that only 3.9% of Stephens County is unemployed - 1% lower than the national average.