Fair at CBC featured 29 groups, businesses

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Jim Wells County Correspondent

Jessica Anguiano, a single mother and college student, browsed through the employers booths at the Coastal Bend College Job Fair along with hundreds of others looking for a new start.

"I came to see more of the opportunities, to see what's out there for me besides oilfield work," said Anguiano, a mother of three ages 17, 15 and 9. "I want to show (my children) that if I can do it, they can, too."

She said one of the jobs that interests her was the dispatch vacancy at Halliburton.

"I'm going to fill out an application online," she said.

Anguiano is a student at Coastal Bend College, but is also seeking a job to support her family.

Like Anguiano, hundreds flocked to the Coastal Bend College Job Fair where employers set up tables with information about job openings. Many took the time to fill out applications and others took them home to fill out.

Twenty-nine businesses and entities passed out freebies such as pens, informational packets, note pads, mouse pads, key chains and other novelty items.

Some of the employers that participated were Alice Newspapers, Inc, Retama Manor, Dixie Iron Works, Alice and Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Brite Star, Auto Zone, City of Alice, Crime Stoppers of South Texas and more.

This was the first time the college partnered with WorkSource, the Economic Development Corporation, Alice Newspapers, Inc. and the employers that participated to organize a job fair.

"The role of the college is to serve the community," said Valeriano Cantu, vice-president for instructional services at CBC during the job fair kickoff.

SNBL USA Scientific Resource Center personnel had a table at the job fair looking to hire individuals.

"We'll be hiring about 24 people," a spokesman said.

Some of the job openings include a colony records and administrative coordinator and research support associates.

Mari Lopez with H-E-B said they had openings for baggers and cashiers.

"As long as they are 16 years and up," she said. "We have good opportunities there at H-E-B."

Rito Silva welcomed the employers and wished those in attendance "good luck."

"Go get a job!" he shouted.