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Hundreds Look For Energy Jobs At Minority Job Fair

The post-Katrina workforce is still below average. Friday, companies like Mississippi Power, Blossman Gas and Coast Electric were looking for quality employees. They participated in a minority job fair organized by the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Many of the applicants we spoke with agreed, it's time for more people to come back to work. 

"I think there's too much free money out there. Everyone's living off FEMA and everthing. It'll stop," MGCCC student Maggie Caplin said.

Marcus Conner with the American Association of Blacks in Energy said, "I think it comes down to, do people really want to work? Do they really want to have a job?" 

Conner was in charge of Friday's minority job fair in Biloxi. He recognizes the need for quality employees, which is why he was so pleased to see close to 300 people attend the event.

"That really told me that these people really want a good job. Not just a job, but a career."

And Conner believes a career in the energy industry can be very promising.

"As far as the industry as a whole, on the national scene there is going to be a great need and a tremendous need for employees over the next 10 or 15 to 20 years."

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is helping meet that need. The school's process technology program landed Maggie Caplin job offers from companies like BP, Chevron Oil and Shell.

"Well, the money is excellent. It's a wonderful career opportunity," Caplin said.

This was the first job fair for the American Association of Blacks in Energy. The group hopes to make it an annual event.

by Meggan Gray

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