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FITCHBURG — The Monty Tech annual Career Expo will be held on May 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the school’s café. More than 50 employers will be on-site to meet with job seekers across multiple industries. This free event is open to the public, and job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes.

Health care, human services and the trades will be among the many industries represented at the expo. Some employers expected to be in attendance include Heywood Healthcare, Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Committee, and MilliporeSigma.

“We’re proud to partner with employers to create incredible opportunities for our day and evening students while also making a positive impact in local workforce development,” said Trish Woodliff, director of adult education and workforce development at Monty Tech. “It’s crucial that schools, training programs and employers partner. These collaborations help connect the next generation of skilled tradespeople and re-employ the unemployed or underemployed.”

A view of the inaugural Monty Tech Career Expo in 2020. There was no event in 2021 due to the pandemic.

A view of the inaugural Monty Tech Career Expo in 2020. There was no event in 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Career Expo event was spearheaded in 2020 by Kim Curry, the district co-op coordinator.

“Kim came up with the opportunity to collaborate with our continuing education program, bringing together an opportunity for both our day and evenings students while responding to the needs that she was hearing in the business community,” Woodliff said.

Monty Tech principal Tom Browne said he is glad to be hosting the career expo this spring.

“We know that the workforce has changed a great deal in the past two years and that businesses are eagerly seeking new employees,” he said. “We also know firsthand how much talent there is among Monty Tech students and in the local community. This event will be a great opportunity to make valuable matches.”

Employers are expected to be recruiting for many types of positions at the event, from seasonal and part-time jobs to permanent and full-time positions. Many positions featured will be entry level, though some employers will also have mid-career opportunities available.

The Career Expo event planning was intentional about creating direct access for students to have the opportunity to engage with a variety of industries in one place, a place they are familiar with and otherwise might not have had an opportunity to do so without such an event, Woodliff said. Most job fairs traditionally take place during the day while students are in school. The planning committee also acknowledged that the location of the school itself is accessible to commuters and found value in opening the event up to the public.

Monty Tech is a public high school that serves 1,435 high school students from 18 cities and towns, providing a comprehensive academic program and cutting-edge vocational-technical programs. The School of Continuing Education at Monty Tech serves more than 1,200 continuing education students annually in career-related training courses and personal enrichment classes. To learn more about the schools, visit montytech.net or montytechnites.com/.

To learn more about attending the Career Expo as a job seeker or as an employer, contact the Monty Tech School of Continuing Education at 978-345-9200, ext. 5220.

This article originally appeared on Gardner News: Monty Tech to host Career Expo for local job seekers

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