Campus Holds Operation Hire Patriots Job Fair
Aug 06, 2012
On Wednesday, July 25th, the Richmond Campus held Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair. According to Brad Marine, National’s state director of community outreach and development, the event was held to link veterans with employers. “It also gives unemployed veterans the opportunity to look at what education benefits might be out there to help them get that job--whether it’s utilizing Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) funds or their GI bill benefits.”
Donnie Black, a veteran student from the Richmond Campus, recently applied for the VRAP program which offers training funds to veterans ages 35-60 who are not currently receiving VA education benefits. He said that he had experienced several lay-offs at various companies and was taking advantage of the opportunity to talk with employers at the job fair.
Companies participating in the job fair included Patti A Clay Regional Medical Center, Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Health System, Hitachi, the Richmond Police Department, Xerox, Hearthside Food Solutions, and the Kentucky Army National Guard. Resource agencies were also on hand offering assistance. Those included the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, and the Office of Employment and Training. The Kentucky Career Center’s Mobile Unit provided laptops which were available to participants to submit on-line applications to employers.
Joseph Robinson, corporate recruiter for Hitachi, said that his company was eager to talk with area veterans about the job openings that they hoped to fill. “We enjoy doing these events very much,” said Mr. Robinson. “Veterans that have returned typically have a lot of transferable skills that we look for—especially on the management front. They work out very well because of the natural leadership skills that they have from their time of service. They give us a lot of hard work, a lot of solid work ethic, leadership, discipline—those things that are very hard to find these days.”
Sheila Sears of Xerox is pictured at the Operation Hire Patriots Job Fair talking with a veteran.