Pictured: Among potential employers at the job fair held Tuesday at the VFW was the Border Patrol. The event was sponsored by the EDC, Coastal Bend College and WorkSource. Photo by ALICE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

About 30 employers set up booths as well

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Organizers said the job fair on Tuesday at the VFW Hall attracted about 300 job seekers.

Some like Roger Arkadie, from Kingsville, made the 30-mile trip to Alice to find a job.

"I've been here since 9:30 (Tuesday) morning," he said as he was filling out an application at the sheriff's department table.

About 30 employers participated in the six-hour job fair Tuesday at the VFW hall and organizers said that the long lines formed about 30 minutes before they opened the doors.

The job fair was sponsored by the Alice Jim Wells County Economic Development Corporation, Coastal Bend College and WorkSource of the Coastal Bend Alice center.

The job fair included a variety of businesses from the oil and gas industry, education institutions, retailers, and rehab service along with military and border patrol representation.

Individuals looking for a job also received free give-a-ways such as pens, CD holders, frisbees and key chains. The job fair was a way for employers to seek employees, organizers said.

Some employers - like the city department - ran out of applications by lunchtime.

"We ran out of applications and I'm going to the office to make more copies," said Rosa Hinojosa with the Human Resource Department with the City of Alice.

Virginia Garcia with WorkSource said she was pleased with the turnout.

"If each of the employers hires just one person, the job fair was a success," she said.