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Jobs fair to be held this month in Collinsville

The 31st annual Jobs Plus Regional Job Fair, sponsored by Madison and St. Clair  counties, will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville.

Madison County Director of Employment and Training Tony Fuhrmann said there are plenty of jobs in the area and local businesses are looking to hire. “I would encourage anyone who’s looking for a job or looking for a different job to come out and visit with these employers,” Fuhrmann said.

Fuhrmann said the timing of this year’s job fair coincides with the end of enhanced unemployment benefits, “This is an opportunity for job seekers re-entering the workforce to discover what jobs are available and interview with employers in need of workers. We anticipate job seekers receiving job offers during the event.”

Sarah Lorio, work-based learning coordinator with Employment and Training and chair of Jobs Plus ’21, said employers looking to hire may register for free by calling (618) 296-4352 or by emailing

Businesses that register receive an 8-foot table, 2 chairs, and advertising. WiFi will be available for anyone looking to complete online applications and on-site copying services will be provided.

Lorio said there will be interpreters onsite for hearing impaired and Spanish speaking job seekers. Applicants should bring their résumés, be prepared to interview and should be dressed professionally.

“Helping our citizens find jobs and providing them with more opportunities is priority No. 1 for us,” Fuhrmann said.

Sponsors for the years’ event include: Madison County Employment and Training; St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department Workforce Development Group; Caritas Family Solutions/SCSEP; Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services; Lewis & Clark Community College; Madison-Bond-Jersey-Calhoun Workforce Innovation Board; Madison County Housing Authority; Mid America Workforce Investment Board; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; and Southwestern Illinois College.

Face coverings will be required for all attendees according to current CDC guidelines. Organizers ask that you do not attend this event in person if you are or have been experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 72 hours or have had contact with anyone positive with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

Visit the MCETD website for event updates,

Additional information about this event may be obtained by contacting Ethan Lord at (618) 296-4325 or

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