The Jackson Convention Complex was filled with smiles, high-fives, and handshakes between companies and students from all over the Jackson metro area. United Way of the Capital Area hosted its annual United Employability Fair on April 24, 2024, in downtown Jackson.

Over 50 companies attended the fair, including but not limited to Amazon, FedEx, Jackson Public Schools Human Resources, WAPT Channel 16 News, Holmes Community College, MS State Personnel Board, Jackson Fire Department, Mississippi Children's Museum, Cricket Wireless, American Medical Response, Zaxby's, Sonic Drive-In and Nissan. Vendors were impressed with the student attendees.

“We were very pleased with the applicants that came in. The students didn’t come to play today,” said Tekita Selvy, Cricket Specialist from Cricket Wireless. “They had their resumes with them. We had several on-site interviews going on. . . The questions that they asked and the feedback they gave [showed] they were really eager to be a part of Cricket Wireless.”

Sam Garrie   From Callaway High School in north Jackson to Wingfield High School in southwest Jackson, over 1,300 students   
    flocked to the fair, demonstrating their eagerness to explore job opportunities and career paths. The fair also   
    attracted college students from as far as Columbus, Mississippi.

   Sam Garrie, a graduating senior at Mississippi University for Women, plans to move to Jackson upon graduation. “I   
   drove two and a half hours to get here,” Sam said. “I think the job fair was very informational, not only for a college   
   student that graduates in a week but for high school students who are planning to graduate as well,” he added.

United Way on WJTV Channel 12 News