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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Hundreds of Job Seekers, 75 Employers with 1,000 Job Openings Attend the Fox Valley Career Expo

FOND DU LAC – Today, hundreds of job seekers met 75 regional employers with 1,000 job openings during the Fox Valley Career Expo. Many local workforce agencies volunteered at the event, which was coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in partnership with the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Fox Valley Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College.

"Hundreds of prepared job seekers attended the Fox Valley Career Expo to gain exclusive access to hiring managers for employers throughout the region," said DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson, who attended the event. "This premiere workforce recruitment event will move the economy forward by helping businesses fill 1,000 good-paying, entry level to advanced career opportunities across many industries."

Unlike most traditional job fairs, Career Expos are open only to employers with current job openings and job seekers who are pre-screened for work readiness in advance.

Registered businesses included Agnesian Healthcare, Alliance Laundry Systems, Ameriquip Corporation, Aurora Health Care, Bemis, Charter Communications, Kohler, Kwik Trip, Mercury Marine, Michels Corporation, Quad/Graphics, Sargento Foods, Schneider National, Walmart Logistics and 4Imprint.

Job seekers also had an opportunity to explore careers and participate in demonstrations, such as Moraine Park Technical College's (MPTC) virtual welder simulator and Schneider National's new semi cab simulator.

"Employers were overwhelmingly pleased with the number of qualified job seekers at the Fox Valley Career Expo," said DWD's Fox Valley Job Service Director Deb Cronmiller. "We attribute event success to our dedicated staff and local workforce development partners who strengthened employment connections by helping job seekers identify position openings that matched their skills and interests prior to meeting with employers."

The Fox Valley Career Expo offered jobs in high demand fields, such as health care for entry level through advanced positions, including registered nurses with wages from $45,000 to $65,000 a year, manufacturing with positions starting at $11 to $20 per hour, customer service and sales with good-paying positions across industries ranging from $11 to $16 per hour, and transportation for commercial truck drivers with annual wages starting at $50,000.

The Career Expo was held between 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. Job seeker attendance was limited to U.S. military veterans at 9:30 a.m. General admission began at 10:00 a.m.

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