Job fair targets those living with disabilities

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Sam Bass has worked on engines all his life, but after suffering a stroke he is being forced to find a new career.

"I work on small engines since '69. But since I had a stroke, I can't work on them any more," Bass said. "So I just want to do the parts, I think I will still be able to do that."

Bass was one of more than 700 job seekers who stopped by the Biloxi Community Center Thursday to meet face to face with employers.

That opportunity is one of the reasons Joe Hubal with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College brought his students over from Gautier.

"We are working on resumes right now in the classrooms and we try to get them acclimated to the job forces they may be coming into and hopefully make some good contacts," Hubal said. "So when there are openings, whether it's part time, seasonal or whatever, that the employers will look upon our students here and give them an opportunity to show them what they can do."

Singing River Services is one of about 75 companies and organizations looking to hire. Wade Ogletree said he met with several viable candidates.

"People with experience in the field, a lot of training, lot of people looking for work," Ogletree said.

So while some walked away from the fair with offers, all job seekers left with contacts and information that could help them land a job in the near future.

"The people are real friendly and want to talk to you, so I guess you can't get any better than that," Bass said.

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