Organizers add career fair component to annual Senior Expo

COOKEVILLE – There will be some new faces at this year’s Upper Cumberland Senior Expo. The event, which attracts hundreds of senior citizens and caregivers from all across the region, will benefit college seniors as well.

For the first time, the Upper Cumberland Development District’s Area Agency on Aging and Disability (UCAAAD) will be hosting a health care-focused career fair for students at the conclusion of the Senior Expo, which is scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 22, at Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion in Cookeville. From noon-2 p.m., vendors are invited to provide information to college seniors about career or internship opportunities available in the health care field.

The career fair will provide students at Tennessee Tech University the chance to network with potential employers. The career fair was added based on feedback from corporate sponsors and the growing needs of the senior population in the health care field. The departments of nursing, sociology and human ecology will be involved. The target of the event will be Tech students, but it will also be open to the community in general.

“Pairing a career fair with the Senior Expo is a natural fit,” said Clare Farless, family caregiver manager, UCAAAD. “Bringing a career fair into the Senior Expo will expose college seniors to the type of resources and employment opportunities available within the health care field. As the aging population grows, so does our need for health care professionals.

Career fair participants should bring their resumes and be prepared to answer questions.

For information on the Senior Expo or career fair, call Farless at (931) 432-4111 or email

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