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4/29/2014 11:18:46 PM

Utica Observer-Dispatch: Quad-C brings hope: More than 1,700 apply during first nano job fair

Utica Observer-Dispatch

MARCY

It was a day of optimism Tuesday at SUNYIT.

More than 1,700 people showed up for a job fair for the college’s planned Computer Chip Commercialization Center, and those interviewed appeared to come away happy.

It’s not yet known how many of them will end up with one of the 1,500 jobs, but many departing job-seekers left feeling that their resumes had been treated with interest and respect.

“It went really well,” said Michelle Fitch of Herkimer, with a big smile on her face. “They were really enthusiastic about everything.”

Fitch, 41, currently has a job in sales, but her real field is information technology. She said she is looking for a better professional fit and, if possible, a higher salary.

The event is the first of several planned for the center, commonly known as the Quad-C. The $1.5 billion project, which is a partnership among the state and several private companies, is set to open at the end of the year.

Recruiting was for the first 300 jobs, which will be state-paid jobs, but interviews also were conducted by the facility’s private partners.

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