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Lacombe Employment Expo set to run on Jan. 16

Organizers behind the upcoming Lacombe Employment Expo are excited about the opportunity to help connect job-seekers with local job providers.

“This is our first time running this event in Lacombe,” explained Dani Ducross, executive director of the Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association. “The idea is to connect employers in the area with people that are looking for employment,” she explained, adding that the event will run Jan. 16 from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

“We are hoping to create a fun, and effective environment for networking opportunities, and for recruitment opportunities for employers,” she said.

“We also want it to be a comfortable environment for those looking for work – to be able to go and ask questions without being uncomfortable about it. It’s also about just being able to do some research and maybe make some more connections,” she said.

“We are also hoping to be able to recruit some of the youth in our area so we’ve timed the event so high school students can also attend after classes,” she said, adding that organizations that specialize in employment support will also be on hand to lend assistance.

“Anyone who is looking for help with getting their resume done or doing a cover letter – there will be a couple of providers for those kinds of services onsite as well.”

Red Deer Polytechnic representatives will be at Lacombe Employment Expo, too, she said.

“It should be a really interesting mixture of cohesive opportunities and programming that are all basically working towards the same goal – that of providing employment,” she said.

Ducross said feedback about the event – even during the planning stages – has been very positive.

“I was surprised at how many people have contacted me to book themselves in for a table – considering it’s new and that we have never done this before,” she said.

“Right now, we have about 20 confirmed employers that will be there, and that doesn’t include the other organizations which support people who are looking for work,” she said.

There is room for more companies to take part – if you are interested in booking a table, call 403-782-7955 or email

“I also want to have some spots for people to be able to sit down and talk – or if they wish to take an application, to have a spot to go and fill it out right there. So I’m hoping to have space for that,” she said. “I’m really excited to see how it’s going to turn out.”

Meanwhile, all kinds of learning opportunities await the community via the Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association.

The Association, which is located in the Lacombe Centre Mall, is a non-profit society that is also one of more than 80 Adult Literacy Programs across the province.

Overall, the mandate is to provide opportunities in literacy and foundational skills, English language learning, employment enhancement, and community capacity enhancement.

Specifically, topics run the gamut from literacy/numeracy improvement, basic bookkeeping, and basic office skills programs to classes on relationship communication, home buying, end-of-life planning, writing for fun, cooking, and even courses in Spanish and French.

Computer and technology training is available as well.

Funding is provided by the provincial government, and to supplement that, the organization publishes the Don’t Hibernate brochure for the community. It’s a handy guide that outlines courses and activities are that available through the Association.

Other opportunities include a focus on bolstering literacy skills in general – verbal, reading, and writing skills plus digital literacy as well.

Ducross said there are also bursaries available, and the Association has a superb partnership with the neighbouring Employment Centre.

For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

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