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Job Fair for Jettisoned Shuttle Workers

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Federal agencies hosted a job fair Tuesday in Cape Canaveral, Fla. for job seekers looking for employment after the Space Shuttle program ended, Greenwire reports.

NASA and the Office of Personnel Management hosted the job fair to help the nearly 5,500 employees at the Kennedy Space Center who have lost their jobs.

Including the Energy Department and Interior Department, representatives from 32 federal agencies attended the job fair looking to hire some of the engineers and scientists from the closing program.

“They have these naturally transferable kinds of skills,” said Angela Bailey, OPM’s associate director of employee services. “The kinds of skills that might put the shuttle up in air are the same kind of skills used by Boeing or federal agencies to do things like green technology.”

NASA contractors are expected to cut another 2,000 jobs over the next year. Listings on USAJOBS.gov included positions in physical and engineering sciences.

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