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To assist AEDC civilian employees impacted by sequestration through furloughs, the Arnold Community Council (ACC) will hold a Community Job Assistance Fair from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 16 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.
The event is also open to the public.
Helping to sponsor the event is state Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma).
“There are many civil servants and military contract employees in our communities that have been affected by Department of Defense cuts,” said Bowling. “We want to bring together all the resources available to help them and other citizens who are unemployed or underemployed get the assistance they need.”
“We began talking with Col. Raymond Toth to discuss how Arnold Community Council and local communities could assist AEDC if full sequestration was implemented,” ACC president Steve Cope said.
“The government civilian workforce is affected with furloughs of one day per week (a 20 percent reduction in pay) and the ATA workforce was affected in a different way with layoffs [in April],” he said. “We discussed options for assistance and offered to include the communities as a whole since we have others in similar positions.”
Job fair attendees will receive assistance with resumes, interviewing skills and Internet searches. Business and industry representatives will be on hand, as well as several colleges and universities, according to Cope.
“We brought groups together that can assist with everyday needs in the short term, helping those that need jobs to locate employment by being aware of where to look, prepare people for employment through preparation of resumes, assisting with interviewing skill building,” he said.
Former government employees are not the only ones allowed to take part in the job assistance fair.
“Anyone in our surrounding communities who is affected by unemployment/underemployment, [is welcome to attend],” said Cope.
The ACC was established in 2000 to promote, protect and preserve AEDC and to facilitate interaction and cooperation between the center and surrounding communities. The council’s board of directors represents 13 southern Middle Tennessee and Alabama counties.