PENDLETON --- SC Works and Tri-County Technical College's Corporate and Community Education Division (CCE) are reaching out to unemployed and underemployed individuals by hosting a Job Fair and Training Expo in January.

The event will be held for residents of Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties Friday, January 9, from 9 a.m. - noon at the Industrial and Business Development Center located on the Pendleton Campus.  The goal is to connect participants with potential employers.

Participants will be given the opportunity to meet and interview with area employers that have job openings in a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, retail and services.

"This is an easy way for job seekers to talk with real potential employers about their career choices and to take the first steps toward a new career path," said Leanne Vaughn, recruiter for SC Works.

Employers attending the Job Fair include manufacturing, healthcare, construction, transportation, customer service and office positions. Several local staffing agencies and workforce resources, such as SC Works, Palmetto Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation, will attend this event.  In addition, the following companies will be present: Borg Warner, Cross Country Home Services, ITT Compact Automation, King Asphalt, Lowes, McLaughlin Body Company, Plastic Omnium/Inergy, RBC Aerostructures, Sargent Metal, Goodwill, TAA/SC Works, Save Senior Care Consulting (representing Seneca Health and Rehab), Loving Healthcare, Phillips Staffing, DSS Columbia and Visiting Angels.

In addition, Tri-County Technical College is spotlighting the short-term training options in the fields of healthcare, business, heavy-equipment operation, industrial/ manufacturing and trucking driving - jobs in high demand in our region of S.C.   Attendees can meet the instructors and program managers, review the course offerings and schedules, and view demonstrations, as well as ask about available funding for instruction in these QuickJobs training programs.

The event is a way to connect participants to the CCE short-term technical training certificate programs endorsed by area employers and discuss further opportunities in an associate degree program.

 Rick Cothran, dean of Tri-County's CCE Division, encourages job seekers to use this event as the first step to reaching their goals for 2015.

"It's a great opportunity for individuals to begin working on their New Year's resolutions to find great local employment or to start training for a new career through CCE classes or QuickJobs training programs," said Cothran.

The event is sponsored by SC Works and Tri-County Technical College.

For more information, call (864) 646-1700.