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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - On Thursday, March 15, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce held a High School Career Connect event. The goal of the event was to give students the opportunity to learn tips on writing resumes and attending interviews, as well as give them the opportunity to network with local businesses.
Local businesses have said that Lane County is coming up on a major labor shortage. Many employers are going to see a big group of older workers retire soon, and then they'll be short-handed. The community has started to reach out to high school students in order to provide them with the opportunity to be a part of some of these companies.
"This is where the workforce is, so we've got to come here and talk to them and let them know that we're available to help them with their goals," said Mark Harrington, a recruiter and skills trainer with Chambers Construction.
Harrington said he's attended several events like this, and every time he comes back with a pile of applications. He believes these events are important in introducing students to the idea of joining the workforce right out of high school, and that every time he attends one of these events he feels the students are more than capable of doing so.