Registration Open for Better Skills, Better Jobs Fair

Aaron Reaves talks about careers with Greenville Fire/Rescue with high school students attending the 2022 Better Skills, Better Jobs Career Fair at the Greenville Convention Center Sept. 29.

WINTERVILLE—The Better Skills, Better Jobs Fair is returning to the Greenville Convention Center Oct. 5 to give adult jobseekers and Pitt County high school students a chance to explore the region’s workforce development needs. 

This year’s sponsors – Pitt Community College, the John M. Belk Endowment, Greenville ENC Alliance, Pitt County Economic Development, Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, Inner Banks Media and Koinonia Community Solutions – expect more than 100 businesses and industries to participate in the fair. They’ll be joined by representatives from community and educational resources discussing the services they offer to prepare individuals for the workplace. 

“The Better Skills, Better Jobs Fair has proven to be an effective means of building awareness of the well-paying jobs and training opportunities available in our community,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse said. “In each of the two years it’s been held, the fair has given hundreds of jobseekers valuable opportunities to connect with area employers, institutions of higher learning and community resources.” 

This year’s fair runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The period between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. is reserved for students from public and private Pitt County high schools. Along with job information, they’ll learn about working toward a college degree while they are still in high school, through programs like Career & College Promise and the PCC-Pitt County Schools (PCS) Technical Academy. 

The period between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. is for adult jobseekers. They’ll be able to discuss job openings and services with representatives from companies and community partners, such as Pitt County Schools, East Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, Greenville Utilities, Tradesformers, North Carolina Coastal Society for Human Resource Management, NCWorks, ECU Health and NCEast Alliance. 

Dr. Dan Mayo, PCC interim Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services, says Pitt will have representatives at the fair ready to discuss two-year degree options, diplomas and certificates. 

“Pitt Community College has something for everyone,” Mayo said. “We offer more than 70 programs of study, along with a variety of credit and short-term certificate options to help adult learners gain skills that will help them advance in their current jobs or change careers entirely.” 

Jobseekers planning to attend the fair should register online. Some companies will conduct on-site job interviews during the event, so they are encouraged to bring an updated resume. 

More information on the 2023 Better Skills, Better Jobs Fair, including registration links, is available online.