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After 125 years, Winkler’s Jewelry, a staple of Kansas City, Kan., has closed its doors in a final auction on Saturday, Oct. 25. The owner is retiring. Last items that were auctioned off at the store, 8159 State Ave., included the business’ chairs, ladders, Christmas decorations and other objects. (Photo by Bettse Folsom)

The Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at Kansas City Kansas Community College is sponsoring a Mini Job Fair next week in conjunction with the college’s Work Readiness Week.

The Mini Job Fair is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 in Upper Jewell on the main KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave. Approximately 30 companies will be in attendance, and all have current job openings. The job fair is open to those on the KCKCC campus as well as community members.

Companies attending include:

· Primerica

· Long Motor Corp.

· Amazon

· Acrobat Outsourcing

· Hatch Staffing

· New York Life Insurance

· AT&T

· SPX Cooling Technologies

· Whelan Security

· Baker University

· Kevin Remy

· Burlington Coat Factory

· GDIT (General Dynamics Information Technology)

· Crossroads Hospice

· Rasmussen College

· Synchrony Financial

· G4S Secure Solutions

· Express Employment Professionals

· Operation Breakthrough

· Fed Ex

· Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)

· Western & Southern Life

· Infinite HealthCare

· Farmers Insurance

· First Student

· Pegasus Cleaning Corporation

· Legal Shield

· Target

· American Academy of Family Physicians

For those planning on attending the Job Fair, come prepared to interview on site with a recruiter and bring several resumes for distribution.

More information about the Mini Job Fair is available by contacting the Center for Workforce Development and Entrepreneurship at 913-288-7644.
- Story from Kelly Rogge, KCKCC public information supervisor

Kansas City Kansas Community College is holding two Employer Panel Discussions as part of its Work Readiness Week, Oct. 27 to 31.

The Employer Panel Discussions be at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Oct. 28, in Upper Jewell on the college campus, 7250 State Ave. Local employers will discuss what they are looking for in job applicants and how employees can advance in their careers after being hired. Audience questions are encouraged.

Topics discussed at the panel discussions will include reliability, appearance, work ethic, teamwork, communication skills and professionalism in the workplace. Employers will also discuss how the following issues could affect an applicant’s chances of getting a job – tattoos and piercings, social media use, credit scores and criminal history.

This is an opportunity for students and the community to find out directly from local employers what they value in job applicants, how to best prepare for an interview and how to enjoy success and advancement in one’s career, according to a spokesman.

These panel discussions are free and are open to KCKCC students and staff as well as to community members. For further information, call 913-288-7170.
– Story from Kelly Rogge, KCKCC public information supervisor