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Creating Opportunities Santa Cruz Workforce

Santa Cruz Workforce hosted their 6th Annual Santa Cruz Job Fair and Community Expo at the Nogales High School Ray Molera Gymnasium on Friday, October 18th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Every year Santa Cruz Workforce hosts this annual event to help dislocated workers, and new career job seekers connect with local employers in Santa Cruz, Cochise, and Pima County. This year a total of 522 people participated in the job fair with more than 100 employers were in attendance. The job fair had a variety of vendors participate from healthcare, education, non-profit, government, retail, transportation, and manufacturing industries. 

“We were extremely happy with the outcome of this event. It is our goal to help connect job seekers to local employers. We want to help our members succeed in their career goals. The event is held during the month of October to help local employers find the workforce they need for their peak season. This was an opportunity for potential employees to meet with employers and learn a bit more about the local businesses in the area,” said Maritza Cervantes, WIOA Director. 

According to the Department of Economic Security, approximately 2,124 people filed for jobless benefits during the month of September. Santa Cruz County’s unemployment rate dropped from 12% to 10.6%.  Although, Santa Cruz County remains the second-highest county among Arizona with the highest unemployment rate. This continues to be a big challenge for our local government. The local government is responsible for bringing in new businesses to the area. Arizona@ Work in Santa Cruz County works closely with local businesses and government organizations in Santa Cruz County to help meet their workforce needs.  

The Santa Cruz Workforce not only hosts this annual event but also provides an array of services to the community. For more information on how the Santa Cruz Workforce can help you please contact the office at their local office at:  (520) 375-7670 or visit their site at: 610 N. Morley Avenue, Nogales, AZ.

A Special thanks to:

Santa Cruz County ARIZONA@WORK Staff

Santa Cruz County Manager Jennifer St. John

Santa Cruz County Finance Director Mauricio Chavez

Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors: Manny Ruiz, Bruce Bracker, and Rudy Molera

Santa Cruz County Maintenance Department

Nogales High School Administration & Staff

And to all exhibitors who contributed with donations as follows:

South 32

Beacon Group

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Gariola Coffee House & Deli

Panaderia La Catedral

Pizza Hut

Quality Hotel Americana


Santa Cruz County School Superintendent’s Office

Starbucks Coffee

Villa’s Market

Pepsi Co.

Dorado Personnel

Santa Cruz County IT Director Juan Balderas

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