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Published March 26, 2013, 05:05 PM

Two metro employers are welcoming PRACS workers

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Two of our metro's biggest employers are rolling out the job-welcome-mat to PRACS workers who saw their building close without notice, just days ago. Wednesday Sanford will host a job fair. Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield opened its doors to the 300 workers now looking for employment.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Two of our metro's biggest employers are rolling out the job-welcome-mat to PRACS workers who saw their building close without notice, just days ago. Wednesday Sanford will host a job fair. Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield opened its doors to the 300 workers now looking for employment.

They lined up in the lobby of blue cross blue shield this morning. There were more than 150 workers the first hour alone, meeting with specific departments at the Blues that may be offering jobs to the displaced workers.

Jess Gross - Attended Job Fair: β€œIt just sort of highlights there are opportunities out there and Fargo is a good place to be unemployed, if that makes sense."

Thirty year old Jess Gross came to the fair. The married father of a one year old has hopes of finding something here.

Jess Gross: "One door closes but more open doors right now."

The job fair comes at a good time for Blue Cross-Blue Shield. There are 60 job openings right now, with 200 by summer.

Jennifer Satter – BCBS HR Team Leader: "More importantly it is about making sure that these talented people in our community find opportunities and stay in our community. That is important to us in the Blue Cross family."

We found a lot of young workers here, but many of them were supportive of workers like 74 year-old Edna Mae Lewis, who worked for 7 years at PRACS.

Edna Mae Lewis - Attended Job Fair: "It was kind of scary, because all of a sudden you are without a job."

She was more worried about the young people with families without jobs, but she came looking and hoping.

Edna Mae Lewis: "I can keep myself busy doing other things, but there is nothing like being in the business world."

The good news is that between the Blues and Sanford there are hundreds of jobs opening up. Despite the emotions of job loss, those looking certainly have options.

Sanford's health career runs from noon to five Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Building on Main in Fargo. Sanford has 266 openings now, with hundreds more expected by summer.

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