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Cibola County virtual job fair to be held at NMSU-Grants Oct. 7

GRANTS – Cibola County is headed for additional economic hard times with the layoffs and closure of three major employers in the area.


In response to the closing of Escalante Power Plant in Prewitt and Marathon Oil Refinery, and layoffs at the Peabody Coal Mine, New Mexico State University-Grants Campus and NMSU Extension are working with other public agencies and non-profit organizations to host a virtual job fair for the community of Grants and Cibola County.

The virtual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7.

“People may participate either through their phone or computers,” said Chase Elkins, NMSU Extension agricultural agent in Cibola County. “If they do not have access to the event by the internet they may attend the sessions at the NMSU-Grants Campus, where the virtual program will be shown.

Twelve businesses will participate in the job fair. Each will have a 30-minute interactive-presentation during the event.

“People may join in the virtual event for select companies or for the entire day,” Elkins said. “We encourage anyone looking for a job to tune in to see what is available.”

To register, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zJXCdPYrSymuEFiBD9ICHw.

The presentation schedule includes:
- 9 a.m.: Los Alamos National Laboratory
- 9:30 a.m.: Spaceport America
- 10 a.m.: Kairos Power
- 10:30 a.m.: New Mexico Department of Transportation
- 11 a.m.: CoreCivic – Northwest New Mexico Correction Facility
- 11:30 a.m.: CoreCivic – Cibola County
- 1 p.m.: Pueblo of Laguna
- 1:30 p.m.: Pueblo of Acoma
- 2 p.m.: IBEW Local Union
- 2:30 p.m.: City of Grants
- 3 p.m.: Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act
- 3:30 p.m.: Solo Works Cibola
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Collaborating to host this event are Cibola Communities Economic Development Foundation, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, New Mexico Workforce Connection, and NMSU Extension and NMSU-Grants.

For additional information, contact Maxine Palomino at 505-863-8181 or maxine.palomino2@state.nm.us.