Submitted by Clatsop Community College

Finding and retaining good employees is a constant issue all businesses face, from small businesses all the way up to our largest employers in the county and region. What is being done about this great workforce need in Clatsop County?

CEDR, (Clatsop Economic Development Resources) and WorkSource Northwest Oregon are spearheading the fourth annual Clatsop County Job & Career Fair, which will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m., at Patriot Hall at the Lexington Campus of Clatsop Community College in Astoria.

Astoria, Ilwaco, Jewell, Knappa, Naselle, Seaside and Warrenton High Schools will be sending all Juniors & Seniors in the morning and will be finished by 1:00 pm. At 1:15 pm the doors will re-open for adult job seekers, Clatsop Community College students, and those seeking more information about career & job opportunities in Clatsop County. We estimate over 700 students will be in attendance, and many college students and adult job seekers.

To register as an employer to participate in the career & job fair, call Debbie Newton from WorkSource Oregon at 503-325-4821 ext. 226, email her at , or register at, under the employer tab. This event is free. Employers are asked to register as soon as possible as the entire list of employers participating will be provided to the schools in advance, and space is limited.

A website has been created at with more details on the event with specific tabs for businesses, students, parents of students, volunteers, and general information. Check it out!

We are again requesting financial sponsorship from the business community to help defray the cost of the 800 lunches being provided, upgrades to the website, and other enhancements that will benefit our students and the job seeking public.

Please contact CEDR/CCC SBDC Executive Director Kevin Leahy at or 503-338-2342 to sign up to be a financial sponsor.

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