The Five Rivers Partnership for Future Ready Pathways, in conjunction with the American Job Center, announced Monday the first ever Work Ethic Diploma Job Fair will be held later this year.

The Five Rivers Partnership will host the job fair on May 5, said Chuck Carter, director of Hamblen County Career & Technical Education.

The job fair that will spotlight recipients of the Work Ethic Diploma for a portion of the event and then open to the public for the remainder of the event, Carter said.

The Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma has been offered to high school seniors since 2016 as part of the Labor Education Alignment Program initiative.

Over that five year period hundreds of students have obtained this valuable work readiness honor at graduation, yet school and work officials have not been able to evaluate how the recognition has impacted our Five Rivers area workforce, Carter said.

The fair will be open from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to those that have obtained the WED Diploma and then from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for anyone in the region that would like to attend.

The Work Ethic Diploma Job Fair will be held in the parking lot of the American Job Center located in the Liberty Hill Plaza Morristown, Tennessee.

The AJC will provide an oversized 40’ x 80’ tent with table/chair set ups that should accommodate over 50 employers and Carter said the partnership wants to assure that businesses or companies have an opportunity to participate.

Carter said the event will be promoted throughout the Lakeway Area.

Hamblen County alone has over 200 students that are on track to earn the Work Ethic Diploma this current school year.

Registration is now open for all businesses and individuals who want to participate and will close on April 3.

To register please contact Dan Kearney with the American Job Center at Daniel.Kearney@tn.gov or call Kearney at 423-317-1060.