St. Helena Parish held its first job fair April 23 at Northshore Technical Community College in Greensburg.

More than 15 companies participated in the job fair, each providing information on different job opportunities.

Parish administrator Virginia Bell said that because this was the first such event for St. Helena, parish leaders were somewhat apprehensive about its outcome.

“With so many people coming out to the fair, the companies present were able to visit with many applicants, and I think it exceeded most of our expectations,” Bell said. “I questioned all the companies as they packed up to leave, and each one said that it had been a productive day for them.”

People who were looking for jobs were able to connect with companies looking for workers. Bell said that, overall, she was proud of the outcome and looks forward to holding another job fair in the near future.

“In an event such as this, everyone wins,” Bell said.