NAACP Economic Development Summit

Potential applicants discuss job openings with recruiters from Central Texas College during the job fair which was part of the NAACP Economic Development Summit held Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Julie A. Ferraro | Herald

Brian Rowland is glad to be back on his old stomping grounds.

The Texas State NAACP assistant treasurer graduated from Killeen’s Ellison High School in 1997.

He’s back in Killeen this week for the NAACP Texas State Conference, continuing through Saturday.

Rowland was on hand for the economic development summit, sponsored by the NAACP, at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center on Thursday.

The summit featured a job fair, and workshops where those interested could learn about entrepreneurship, payday lending and home buying.

Andrea Hickman and Marie Cantave, realtors with Reality Executives on Killeen, volunteered their knowledge of the area’s housing market and financing options during the home buying workshop.

“There’s a lot of new building going on,” Hickman said. “A lot of reselling, too.”

The realtors described the process of qualifying for financing before selecting a home to purchase. For sellers, they highlighted the importance of setting a price which attracts buyers.

“It’s all about being in agreement with the market,” Hickman said.

Being flexible is also part of home buying and selling.

The workshops were free and open to the public. “You can’t beat free information,” Cantave said.

The job fair gave a variety of local employers a chance to meet applicants.

Central Texas College even offered information for prospective students, having both Tonia Griffin, student services recruiter, and Narja Carter, recruiting supervisor, at a table.

“We have lots of teaching positions available,” Carter said. Some of those positions are in the nursing and science programs. Other vacant jobs on the campus are in administration and facilities.

Destinee Johnson represented First National Bank Texas at the economic development summit. “We’re getting a good assortment of qualified candidates,” she said, for their open teller and support services positions.

Tables set up gave job seekers a chance to fill out applications on the spot. Rowland saw that as an advantage.

“The more people who apply, the more jobs will be filled,” he said.

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