Hundreds Attend Job Fair At The New NASA Shared Services Center.

The NASA Shared Services Center at Stennis Space Center is preparing for takeoff.

After a five month delay, this private public partnership that will handle the business end of NASA business is recruiting the best of the best on the Gulf Coast in anticipation of their new launch date of March 1, 2006.

"There's some near term positions that need to be filled probably within the next 30 to 45 days, so some people will be finding out very soon weather they'll be hired," says Rick Arbuthnot, NSSC Executive Director. "Then we'll have the next wave of positions right after the beginning of the new year and we'll be doing hiring actually sporadically over the next 90 to 120 days."

This NSSC Job Fair brought in more than 1,200 hopeful applicants in it's first three hours, all hoping to improve their career opportunities with NASA and the Computer Sciences Corporation.

"We've got about 159 government jobs and about 300 service provider positions," says Arbuthnot. "Types of positions we're looking for in the areas of Human Resources, Procurement, Information Technology Ops, and Financial management."

"I'm looking for either entry level HR or I have a degree in C.I.S. entry level I.T. work," says Kimberly Bounds of Pearl River Louisiana.

Like Kimberly, Linda Lizana of Pass Christian already has a job but wants a better one.

"It's might be an advancement you know," says Lizana. "I'm not sure. I'm here to check it out."

And at salaries ranging from 25 to 50 thousand a year, they and others like what they see in NSSC.