Workforce Solutions to hold job fair

RAYMONDVILLE — A job fair will offer employment opportunities and career training to residents who were among the 149 Walmart workers laid-off last week.

Tomorrow, Workforce Solutions will hold the job fair featuring eight companies and government agencies, a college and a vocational school.

Friday, the agency will hold an informational session offering face-to-face advice to job hunters.

“We’re in desperate need of that,” Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said yesterday. “We hope we can get people jobs.”

Walmart has offered transfers to 90 percent of laid-off employees to other company stores, said Laura Cavazos, spokeswoman for Workforce Solutions.

But Cavazos said company officials have not released information to help determine the number of laid-off employees who have accepted transfers to other Walmart stores.

“We don’t know what to expect yet,” Cavazos said of the number of laid-off Walmart employees who will attend the job fair.

The fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion post at 211 Hidalgo Ave.

“We’ll be there to help the people who may want to train or look for other opportunities in the area,” Cavazos said. “Our job is to assist in placing them in a job that’s something the job seeker is looking for.”

The job fair will feature companies such as International Educational Services, Time-Warner Cable and Dish Network and government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which will offer openings for Border Patrol agents.

Texas State Technical College and Valley Grande Institute will offer job training services.

“People are going to have options — they can train or work,” Cavazos said. “We try to have a little bit of everything so people can see what they have available in their area.”

Friday’s informational session will offer laid-off employees face-to-face contact with potential employers and career counselors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Workforce Solutions, 700 FM 3168, Cavazos said.

“That will be one-on-one,” Cavazos said. “They get to see a career counselor or a business representative. We’re really going to take time to answer their questions.”