Launch of the First Bilingual Job Fair and Resource Expo in the State of Athens | New
The Athens-Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, Limestone County Economic Development Association and Main Street Athens hosted the first bilingual job fair and resource expo at the University of State of Athens on Wednesday, August 10.
According to Pammie Jimmar, president of the Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce, the event grew out of a TVA project that Main Street, LCEDA and the Chamber of Commerce worked on together.
After the project, the groups looked at the workforce to determine which worker population is underserved and discovered that Hispanic workers are underserved in the area, some of whom do not speak English.
“We created this job fair, and not just a job fair, but a resource expo, to have resources here where the individual doesn’t speak English or just needs a translator to help him, and so we have translators here,” Jimmar said.
Vendors in attendance included: Athens City and Limestone County Schools, River Valley Habitat for Humanity, Limestone Manor and other health organizations, as well as several builders and manufacturers.
A Habitat for Humanity representative told the News Courier, “We will eventually have a restoration here in Limestone that we are preparing and letting people know about.”
He went on to say that Habitat for Humanity had purchased property in County Limestone and they were looking for volunteers of all types, as well as sponsors, to help prepare the property for moving in.
Athens City Schools spoke to The News Courier regarding the need for substitutes and bus drivers in both Athens City and County Limestone. Limestone County Schools has several full-time teaching positions open. Both systems are looking for nutrition employees.
For more information on local employers, contact the Chamber of Commerce or the LCEDA.