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Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Jeanetta McCowan, left, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, right, listen to Bishop George McCowan as he talks to the representative about the creation of an urban 4-H chapter in Fort Wayne during an open house Monday in Stutzman’s office at the E. Ross Adair Federal Building.

Big turnout likely at job fair

50 employers with 1,000 slots seen

Shirley Syster speaks with the 3rd District U.S. lawmaker on Monday during a public open house in Stutzman’s office suite at the Federal Building. People met with Stutzman and his staff about a variety of issues and legislation, including immigration policy, the health care law, the farm bill and funding for Medicare and Social Security.

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, and IPFW will have their annual job fair Friday.

More than 50 area employers with 1,000 job openings will have booths at the fair to exchange information with jobseekers, according to a joint statement from IPFW and Stutzman.

The job fair will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom.

An interview training session, sponsored by WorkOne Northeast and IPFW’s Office of Career Services, will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Walb Student Union.

The job fair and interview training session are free and open to the public. For information, contact Allison McSherry, Stutzman’s deputy district director, at 574-269-1940 or

Stutzman and IPFW have been partners on the job fair since 2011. More than 800 job seekers attended last year, and about 500 the previous year.

Former Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., and IPFW teamed up for yearly job fairs from 2004 through 2009. More than 1,300 people attended in August 2009, when jobless rates in area counties were in double digits and as high as 15.7 percent in Noble County.

June unemployment rates in northeast Indiana counties ranged from 7.4 percent in Kosciusko County to 8.8 percent in Noble County.

Stutzman and IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein plan a news conference at the job fair’s start.