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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A non-profit group formed in the aftermath of hundreds of NASA contractor layoffs is helping the jobless find work.
The Huntsville Space Professionals group is holding a career fair Tuesday.
The group already has 30 companies lined up that have committed to being there.
Colsa Corporation, KRS, BAE systems are just a few of the companies that HSP is looking to link up with qualified workers.
The job fair isn't limited to those NASA contractors who were laid off, organizers say anyone in the area looking for a job is welcome to come.
"We're focused on getting the employment for the people, whether it's in military or private or space," said Chris McLemore, HSP's communication and education director. "It's just to keep the community together."
A recent wave of good news, from Raytheon's announcement to bring at least 300 additional jobs to Redstone Arsenal to a Senate committee's proposal to reinstate rocket building in NASA's budget, is not stopping the group from taking a proactive approach.
Although, HSP leaders say it does give them hope.
"It lifts our spirits," said HSP founder Andrew Sutinen. "Helps out those who were laid off that their talents are going to be needed, their talents and their skills are going to be useful in possibly some other programs."
"We do feel that Marshall [Space Flight Center] is going to have tasks again," McLemore said. "We do want those people close by in the event that we have a recall, so to speak."
The HSP Career Fair will be held on Tuesday, July 27th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center on the campus of UA-Huntsville.