Jobs EXPO Supports Families in Texas

By Gorman, Charlotte | Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, January 2005 | Go to article overview

Jobs EXPO Supports Families in Texas


Gorman, Charlotte, Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences


Having a job is an important component of strong and resilient families.

Through the collaborative efforts of Texas Cooperative Extension-Texas A & M University System-Johnson County, the Johnson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board, and the Cleburne Times-Review newspaper, a successful Jobs and Job Training EXPO was conducted at the Civic Center in Cleburne, Texas in the spring of 2004. Support was provided by the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, Hill College, the North Central Texas Work Force, Texas Cooperative Extension, and 29 volunteers.

The purpose of the EXPO was to bring employers and potential employees together in one location to provide an opportunity to make a number of contacts in a short period of time. The idea for the EXPO stemmed from a need identified by the Johnson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board-help people find jobs.

Working together, the FCS Agent, representatives of the Johnson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board, and the Cleburne Times-Review newspaper established the objectives of the EXPO, designed the layout, and distributed the tasks related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the activity. The tasks included publicity, contacting exhibitors, involving other organizations and groups, arranging for the physical setup, and recruiting volunteers to assist with registration and other tasks.

More than 600 job seekers registered for the 2004 EXPO. Of the 313 individuals responding to a follow-up questionnaire, 100 reported that they received job offers; many participants had more than one offer. …

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