ROCHELLE — Rochelle John Bearrows announced on Facebook Thursday the details of the city’s plans for a hiring event on Sept. 16 at Rochelle Township High School.
Bearrows said the event will be the region’s largest in-person hiring event and will be hosted by the city, his office, Kishwaukee College, RTHS and Hormel’s Rochelle Foods.
So far, the details of the event include set up, lunch, business-to-business networking and a message from Bearrows from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. along with Hubs for Hire from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and the event will be open to the public from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
The event is open to Rochelle employers only and there is no cost to attend. An email will be received early in August that will explain the registration process through College Central.
Booth space is limited in the gymnasium and will be assigned as businesses register. Once all spaces are gone, a waiting list will be created. There will be separate spaces to conduct on-the-spot interviews.
Extensive marketing in the Greater Rochelle Region will be done to attract the maximum number of job seekers, Bearrows said. If you would like to help sponsor in any way, he asked that you let the city know as marketing materials and radio/television ads are being prepared as well as incentives for workers to attend.
The event will be open to approximately 250 high school students, hence the Hubs for Hire portion.
That hour will provide employers the opportunity to share information, openings for job shadowing, mentoring or internships and discuss what might be required academically to fill future positions in companies.
RTHS is committed to working with employers to provide a qualified young workforce, Bearrows said, and Kishwaukee College is as committed to providing “special training and certifications.”
“To give me a rough idea of who will participate, and reach out to me if you plan to participate when registration opens,” Bearrows said. “It would be a great problem to have to need a larger space. We appreciate the hospitality of RTHS and look forward to a successful hiring event for you. Save the date.”