DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System (DCSS) held its first ever career expo on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
More than 400 people showed up to learn about possible career opportunities with the Dougherty County School System.
Expo organizers say they were pleased with the turnout.
"[The participants] were there at 7:30 a.m. for a 9:00 a.m. and they were there well after 1:00 p.m., so needless to say, everything was wonderful. A lot of energy in the air and a lot of excitement," says HR interim director for DCSS Sheila Chatmon.
There was also a lot of cheers. Some schools brought along their own air horns which they blew when they offered a job to a candidate.
Several positions were filled the day of the expo in the areas of teaching, child nutrition, and school police.
The career fair was such a success that Chatmon says they're looking at holding a smaller version of the career expo in December when Fall semester graduates are looking for career opportunities.
Chatmon adds, "This was not a one-time thing. I mean we certainly want to be able to expose people to what the Dougherty County School System has to offer. We want our principals to be able to see in a large room with the many candidates. We just thought it was quite beneficial to have a large expo."
The school system mentions that the recruitment process does not end with the career fair.
Chatmon mentions that they are always looking to fill open positions throughout the year.