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4/28/2014 9:57:02 AM

Utica Observer-Dispatch: More than 1,500 want one of 300 jobs at Quad C

Utica Observer-Dispatch

It took just 10 days for the NanoUtica Job Fair to get booked.

After more than 1,500 people pre-registered for the event that will take place Tuesday in the SUNYIT Field House, officials had to close the gates.

This is the first opportunity for local residents to begin the application process for positions at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center.

“We were getting to about 1,400 people when my team reached out to me and said, ‘What do we do?’” said Alain Kaloyeros, vice president and CEO of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, who is the mastermind behind the new facility. By the time the decision was made to stop registration, another 100 people had signed up.

The vast majority of the applicants are from the Mohawk Valley.

The facility, known as the Quad-C, is expected to employ about 1,500 people. The current job fair is intended to recruit for the first 300 of those jobs. The positions range from engineers to business and administration to security and maintenance.

The facility will feature state or SUNY jobs, as well as ones with private companies who have committed to locate there. The first hires will be with the state, but recruiters from the companies will be there as well.

Kaloyeros said they had to limit the size of the event because if it were too crowded no one would be able to talk to the recruiters for long enough to benefit.

There will be another job fair sometime in the next four to six weeks, he said. There should be three or four more job fairs before the facility opens in December.

“We are delighted with the interest,” Kaloyeros said.

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