In this 2016 photo, Mark Kehl of Cincinnati talks with Joy Frey of Barclaycard during the Miami University Regional Butler County Job Fair. This year’s job fair will take place Wednesday, April 12. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Job fair: 60 employers looking to tap into Butler County workforce

Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, the Miami University Regional Butler County Job Fair will find the university partnering with many new companies and showcasing its new bachelor’s degrees, 17 in all now, according to Brennan Burks, director of public affairs.

The job fair, which is open to the community and students of all majors and all years, is “an essential part” of Miami University’s mission to serve its students and the local community, Burks said.

“Our degrees are founded in the liberal arts but have a career oriented focus, so providing our students with opportunities to put their degrees to use is part of our educational commitment to them,” Burks told this media outlet. “At the same time, we are providing members of our community the chance to explore their career options as well as a chance for businesses to find new talent to help their companies grow and succeed.”

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Miami University has been holding the fair for more than 20 years, Burks said.

“There were a few years — 2009 to 2013 — we had to cancel the fair due to the recession and a difficult job market in local and regional areas,” he said.

Applicants are advised to bring resumes and wear professional attire. Companies and organizations participating in the event will have part-time, co-ops and internships, and full-time positions available, Burks said.

Among them are Barclaycard, ODW Logistics Inc., Koch Foods, Granger Plastics, Festo Corporation, Beckett Springs Hospital, Mercy Health, UC Health, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Oxford Police Department, First Financial Bank, Lakota Local Schools, Miami University, MetroParks of Butler County, Miami Valley Gaming, United Performance Metals and Western & Southern Life.

“Our goal is to hire the right people - people who value a patient-centered and fast-paced work culture,” said Clarence Pauley, UC Health’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “This career fair is an opportunity for people to bring their skills and experiences to us and to be part of something special.”

Danielle Webb, vice president of marketing for Hamilton-based Community First Solutions, said the organization views Miami University’s job fair as an opportune chance to seek and find new employees.

“With revitalization efforts well under way, it’s important for the next generation of leaders to recognize attainable opportunities for employment in their community and want to invest their talent here,” Webb said. “Supporting regional Miami campuses in helping students have promising regional career opportunities benefits the entire community.”

Community First Solutions is looking to fill about 20 open positions, Webb said.

For a full list of employers and positions offered, click here.

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