Nebraska Department of Labor holds Drive Thru Job Fair at Hebron’s SCC Learning Center

Nebraska Department of Labor holds Drive Thru Job Fair at Hebron’s SCC Learning Center
NE Department of Labor workforce coordinator Melanie Kunc (right) hands out a packet of job applications to a woman and her canine companion at the SCC Learning Center in Hebron Tuesday. The Dept. of Labor hosted a Drive Thru Job Fair at the Learning Center Tuesday afternoon from 4-5.

HEBRON, NE – The Nebraska Department of Labor hosted a ‘Drive Thru Job Fair’ at the Southeast Community College Learning Center in Hebron on Tuesday.

Eleven local businesses offered employment applications and information to be handed out to those who stopped by the learning center.

Businesses that sent applications to the drive thru fair included Metal Tech Partners, Endicott Clay, Blue Valley Lutheran Homes, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Corrections, Horizontal Boring and Tunneling Co., Mid-America Feed Yard, Heritage Crossings, Plains Equipment Group, SCC Adult Education and Koch Industries.

Melanie Kunc, a workforce coordinator for the NE Department of Labor, says the drive thru job fairs are a fairly new concept, but they offer local and convenient opportunities.

“If you don’t want to drive out, or you can’t drive out due to work commitments or if you’re picking up your kids, we can even send you the information via email,” Kunc said. “So, you can attend virtually and get the same information if you’re driving through.”

A little more than 20 people come by Tuesday to receive job applications in Hebron. The Department of Labor first tried drive thru job fairs this past summer in Beatrice and Falls City.

Kunc is confident there’ll be more of them in 2019, once the weather warms back up.

“As the weather improves, we’re definitely looking to try more,” Kunc said. “Sometimes, we’ll hear of a need in a county and we’ll go to the city to gauge interest. We’ll give it a go.”

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