Job fair attracts 80 former Island Air employees
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Job fair attracts 80 former Island Air employees

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    A job and resource fair is held today for former Island Air employees at Dillingham Shopping Plaza. Mia Quinn, left, who worked four years in safety, Keri Nakamura, who spent five months as a sales manager, Greg Oatway, who was in dispatch for 14 years, and Brighson Tolentino, who spent 9 months in corporate sales, talk with P. J. O’Reilley of Magnum Helicopters.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Oahu Workforce Development Board and the Department of Community Services American Job Center Hawaii holds a job and resource fair for former Island Air employees at Dillingham Shopping Plaza today. Duane Higa, who wrote technical manuals for Island Air and started in 1989, does a job search on a computer.

About 80 former Island Air employees turned out this morning at a job and resource fair at Dillingham Shopping Plaza that was put on by the Oahu Workforce Development Board and the Department of Community Services American Job Center Hawaii.

Twenty employees representing various businesses were at the fair to recruit for about 250 openings. There also was a resources center there where representatives could answer questions about child care services, financial assistance, unemployment insurance, Med-QUEST, and attending community college. There also was general counseling available for people coping with unemployment.

Some of the Island Air employees said they are just now beginning to receive their first unemployment checks and that they are still in shock by the abrupt Nov. 10 shutdown of the state’s second-largest carrier. In total, 423 employees were laid off.

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