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  • Quad-C in Marcy looking for people to fill first 300 jobs

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  • MARCY — The Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT isn’t open yet, but the hiring is about to begin.
    A job fair featuring representatives from the public and private partners involved in the $1.5 billion project will kick off the recruitment effort.
    They’re looking to fill the first 300 of 1,500 expected jobs at the center, known as the Quad-C.
    “This is a really good chance to hear about the opportunities and to put yourself forward,” said Mike Fancher, the NanoCollege’s vice president for business development and economic outreach. “It’s a chance not just to put in your resume, but to have a preliminary interview with someone right there.”
    The event is from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the SUNYIT Field House, and preregistration is strongly recommended.
    The jobs will range from engineering to security and maintenance, with salaries from about $35,000 to more than $100,000.
    If you go, Fancher said, you probably won’t walk away with a job in hand, but you might find yourself with a second interview in the works. You should bring a resume and dress for success, he said.
    Even if they don’t end up with a lead right away, conversations at the event could help job-seekers determine what sort of training they’ll need to get the job they’re hoping for.
    “By putting your resume in and having an interview, maybe you don’t get a job right away, but there is one in the future,” Fancher said.
    Many of the first jobs that will be filled will be related to facilities operations. But with the Quad-C set to open in December, the ramp-up will happen quickly.
    Alice Savino, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Madison and Oneida Counties, said anyone who is at all interested in working at the Quad-C should try to attend.
    Another step job-seekers can take is to go to one of the local Working Solutions offices to get an assessment of their skills and a better sense of where they might fit.
    “People should find out everything they can about what these jobs require and have an honest assessment of their own skills,” she said.
    Local schools — including SUNYIT, Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer County Community College and BOCES — have all developed curricula to help local job-seekers get the skills they may be lacking, Savino added.
    “They have got the programs in place to help you,” she said.
    For Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, the job fair is just more evidence the nanotechnology jobs are coming and better times are about to arrive in the Mohawk Valley.
    “It’s an important day that’s about the future of this region’s economy, and another giant step forward,” he said.
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