A job fair was held at The United Methodist Church’s Multipurpose Hall on Howard Jeffers Drive in New Martinsville on Thursday, May 26, 2022. The event was co-sponsored by West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNNC) and the ‘American Job Center (AJC). The AJC, with offices in Weirton, Wheeling and New Martinsville, operates under the auspices of the Northern Panhandle Workforce Development Board and is funded by the US Department of Labor.
AJC administers the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a federal law passed by Congress and signed into law in 2014. Among other things, the legislation provides funding for job training, including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs , up to $4,750 per year and $9,500 for two years for eligible adults, displaced workers and youth. Other training funding opportunities are available as well as an on-the-job training process that allows employers to hire and train new workers and receive wage reimbursement of up to sixty percent. cent for six months for eligible new hires. Program coordinator Christine Smith can be reached at 304-231-1170.
The following entities were represented at the job fair:
Two schools offering commercial driver training (CDL): All State Career School of Wheeling and Billy Big Rig (BBR) CDL Institute with locations in Smithfield, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia. Both schools have a website.
The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the Division is looking for people interested in a career as correctional officers as well as administrative staff.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization for citizens over the age of fifty-five who wish to re-enter the workforce; NCOA’s mission is to connect these seniors with employers. Older employees can bring maturity, a strong work ethic, dependability and good communication skills to the workplace and benefit from interacting with the energy and passion of younger employees. Employers may take advantage of the program’s option of a trial period for senior employees during which the senior employee’s salary is paid by the NCOA for an agreed trial period. At the end of the trial, the senior employee can be hired if the employer finds him a good candidate. Whether the candidate is hired or not, the employer pays nothing for the trial period.
Litman Enterprises LLC, a local Porta-John and septic service provider based in Sardis, Ohio; the company is looking for workers to service its growing business. It has extensive operations in the oil and gas fields. At the time of the job fair, the company was looking for a Class “B” CDL driver with tanker approval.
Cassidy Talamonti of Youth Services System, Inc., located at 87 Fifteenth Street in Wheeling; Cassidy’s organization, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides eligible youth ages fourteen to twenty-four in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties with job training and employment. Cassidy can be reached at 304-218-2816. The email is [email protected]
Original PJ’s Pizza is looking for workers for its longtime location in New Martinsville and its new restaurant in Moundsville, which operates as Original PJ’s Varsity Pizza. Potential employees can contact Joni Morgan at 304-455-4655.
GMS, a mine repair and maintenance company with a national presence, was represented by Makenzie Dawson, human resources specialist, and Larry Pratt, the company’s mine coordinator at Consol Energy’s Bailey mine in the southeast. of Pennsylvania. GMS offers training and employment for entry-level mining jobs, starting with a forty-hour underground mining course.
The Paul Wissmach Glass Company of Paden City, West Virginia, was represented by plant manager G. Daniel Lynch and executive assistant Paul Fox Creech. Wissmach Glass offers unique and specialized career opportunities in stained glass manufacturing and offers a substantial benefits package. Wissmach enjoys a global market for its products.
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, the state’s premier vocational rehabilitation resource, was represented by Tammy Cross. The Division’s mission is to provide assistance such as training and skills development to people with disabilities who wish to work and to connect these people with employers. Ms. Cross can be reached at 304-455-4688.
The Wheeling Vet Center was represented by Michael Novotney, an infantry veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan. The veterinary centers, although funded by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, maintain their independence from the Veterans Administration. Veterinary centers provide counseling, referrals regarding medical issues, benefits and employment, and support systems for veterans and their families. The Wheeling Vet Center is located at 1058 East Bethlehem Boulevard in Wheeling. The phone number is 304-232-0587.
West Virginia’s Choice, with local offices in Washington Lands just south of Moundsville, is an employee-owned business that provides housekeeping and personal care services to allow people to stay in their homes rather than walk into a retirement home. Care can also be provided to friends and family members and people with disabilities. Services may be reimbursed by Medicaid based on eligibility criteria. Employees will receive appropriate training, including CPR. Fingerprints and background checks are required. Employees must be eighteen years of age or older. The Washington Lands office serves Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, and Tyler counties and can be reached at 304-843-0910. West Virginia’s Choice has a total of eight offices in the state serving all fifty-five counties.
The Goodwill Thrift Store at New Martinsville Plaza in Steelton was represented by Store Leads Margie Davis and Rachel Rose. Their retail operation needs cashiers and storekeepers to receive, sort, and display donated clothing, housewares, and other items. Margie and Rachel can be contacted at the store. Goodwill’s phone number is 304-455-2878.
Genesis Health Care at 225 Russell Avenue in New Martinsville was represented by Amy Bennett and Jasmine Howell. Genesis Institution is a 100-bed facility offering physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term and respite care. They employ healthcare workers from many disciplines and skill levels, including nurse aides, dietary aides, CNAs, LPNs, RNs, as well as administrative staff and drivers. Their job opportunities are listed on the Indeed website.
The U.S. Army was represented by S/Sgt. John Ferns of the U.S. Army Recruiting Station at 53 Fourteenth Street in Wheeling. The army offers more than 150 career choices, including about ten in the field of warriors and combat arms. The rest concerns law, medicine, dentistry, optometry, transport and logistics, maintenance of land vehicles, aircraft and ammunition, electronics and computer technologies and all other services and skills necessary to support the US military and its mission. The recruiting station is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. S/Sgt. Ferns and his teams can be reached at 304-233-4841.
The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce was represented by Brian Rogers, Marketing and Administrative Assistant. In addition to promoting existing businesses, the Chamber currently provides assistance and advice to home-based businesses that primarily use the Internet for their marketing activities. With the help of an EQT grant, the Chamber encourages entrepreneurship by providing capital and management expertise to young start-ups. Applications are being accepted for the Chamber’s annual entrepreneurial pitch which will take place next October. Three scholarships totaling six thousand dollars will be awarded. Nominations are available at the Chamber office at 132 North Street in New Martinsville. The phone number is 304-455-3825.