NCST ‘employerpalooza’ deemed a success

EAST LIVERPOOL — The New Castle School of Trades has deemed their inaugural Employerpalooza held last week at their East Liverpool facility a success; however, officials aren’t done yet.

For four hours on March 20, the school, which is located at 129 E. 5th St., hosted 40 employers from various industrial and commercial entities through the Tri-County area during the job fair, which drew hundreds seeking employment opportunities.

“It has been a steady stream since 10 a.m.,” explained John Meissner, admissions director for the college.

Carrie Kraynak, director of career services, said the effort was born out of an effort to create a buzz regarding local job opportunities.

While the college has done this for years elsewhere, this is the first attempt for East Liverpool’s campus. “All trades have been represented, including building and heavy equipment,” she added.

In addition to drawing current students as well as alumni from the school’s programming, the event drew participation from members of the public. Among attendees were both area chambers of commerce as well as East Liverpool Mayor Ryan Stovall, who stopped by to check it out.

Kraynak said workforces are especially in need for industrial maintenance workers and truck drivers, but agrees the jobs are there for the people who can pass the drug screenings successful. “We try to educate people from the ‘word go’ on that,” she explained.

There are plans to tweak the event and bring it back to East Liverpool next year. “We definitely had a better turnout here especially among students,” Kraynak added. “We are trying to establish new ground down there. We all are really rooting for this area to come back and re-energize. We have plenty of jobs. Now we just need people to fill them.”

Starting in April, which is Employer Month, the school has sent out invites to hundreds of local employers, encouraging them to sign up to its “captive audience” programs that will allow them to address the students about what will be expected of them in the work force.

Although the New Castle School of Trades was founded in 1945, the trade school renovated a brick 50,000-square-foot building in downtown East Liverpool, where it offers welding, commercial truck driving, electrical and industrial maintenance and refrigeration and climate control several years ago.