The Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce and CareerLink are teaming up for the second Marcellus Career Expo and Industry Information session in hopes of raising employment rates to higher levels.
The first career expo, held in May, brought a block-and-half long line of potential applicants who were interested in working for the 25 gas companies who participated in the expo. According to chamber Vice President Jason Fink, the previous career expo had a line of applicants that was the length of a football field that snaked down the sidewalk.
Sharon Jones, events coordinator for the chamber, said hopes are to do a career expo twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
"Barring the interest and need for employment by the gas companies, the chamber is hoping to do this twice a year," Jones said.
This year's two-day event will be Oct. 15 and 16 and provide a chance to learn about the different job opportunities available at the gas companies.
During an information session from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Community Arts Center, gas-related companies will give an overview about what they represent.
"Any gas-related company who may have job opportunities available will be able to register and attend to speak at this event," Jones said.
Jones said the information session gives people the chance to hear what the gas companies have to offer and what each of them is about.
"The gas companies will have the opportunity to really give a great overview of what jobs they have available and to answer any questions the public may have," Jones said.
Linda VanDerPoor, CareerLink administrator for Lycoming County, said that since the first expo, employment opportunities in the gas industry have grown leaps and bounds.
"Since the last expo, CareerLink started a training class for entry-level jobs with the different gas industries. Anyone who signs up can take the class and have an opportunity to speak with the employers and learn the job before they apply," VanDerPoor said. "It's nice because the students won't need to do the general training on the job because they have already taken the class."
VanDerPoor said that it is interesting to see how much business and employment has picked up. "In 2009, when drilling started in the area, there wasn't much talk about jobs. Since the beginning of this year, though, things have really picked up," VanDerPoor said.
The Marcellus Career Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Pennsylvania College of Technology's field house, during which the public will have the chance to apply for jobs, according to Jones.
"We really want to try to keep the awareness alive that there are still jobs available around our city. The career expo gives us that chance and allows the public to really see what these jobs entail," Jones said.