Facebook to join an estimated 150 employers for Job and Resource Fair at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center Complex


BEAVER, W.Va. – Facebook will be the featured employer for this year’s Job and Resource Fair on March 23 at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, southern West Virginia’s collaborative public higher education center. The event will feature dozens of local, state and national employers sharing career opportunities and hiring information with college students, graduates and local residents.

The fair’s hours on that Friday are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a keynote address by Facebook at 1 p.m.

This annual job fair is presented in partnership with United States Senator Joe Manchin, Workforce West Virginia, and the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, and coordinated with Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University, and New River Community and Technical College.

Among those representing Facebook and providing the keynote address is Beckley-area native Christian Martine. Martine will speak about his four years at Facebook, the education and experiences he received to land him at Facebook, and what employers like Facebook are looking for in prospective employees.

“We are excited to have Christian participating not only as an employer representative but also as someone who got his start right here in West Virginia,” said Dr. Paul L. Hill, chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. “We believe that job-seekers attending the fair will be interested to hear how his education and background has led to a great career at Facebook.”

After graduating from Shady Spring High School, Martine attended Washington and Lee University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in politics. In 2014, he was hired by Facebook in project management and analytics, and was recently promoted to product solutions manager at the social media company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. In this role, he leads initiatives across trust and safety, ads delivery, and advertiser tools.

Lisa Moten, director of the center explained that the 2016 event drew more than 135 employers, and the employer turnout is expected to exceed that.

The fair was first held in 2015 with 35 employer participants, growing to 136 employers in 2016 and adding employer amenities such as hospitality and interview suites, computers for online application completion, and a Skype session presented by LinkedIn. Employers interested in participating in the event may contact Moten at 304-256-0282 or lisa.moten@wvhepc.edu.

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center provides students in Southern West Virginia with flexible options for enrolling in undergraduate and graduate degree programs and taking courses offered by Bluefield State College, Concord University and Marshall University. For more information on the Center and the 2018 Job and Resource Fair, visit http://ermabyrdcenter.org/ or call 304-256-0220.