April 11, 2018
By KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT
Rutherford County Schools
Rutherford County Schools partnered this week with the Chamber of Commerce for the second annual hiring fair.
Nearly 500 seniors from nine high schools met with representatives from 57 businesses representing construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing and supply chain management.
The hiring fair is in part a reaction to the youth labor participation rate in Rutherford County, which is currently 20 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2001.
“We need more young people working in the high demand, high wage industry sectors,” said Trisha Murphy, director of education and workforce development for the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
The accompanying photos were taken Tuesday morning during the hiring fair at Blackman High School.
PHOTOS / KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT