National College Holds Job Fair for Veterans
Sep 11, 2012
On Thursday, August 23, the Lexington Campus held an Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair offering veterans the chance to talk with representatives from local companies about their employment opportunities. Resource agencies such as the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also participated in the job fair to offer their assistance to the veterans.
Annita Rucker, business development representative for Kelly Services, said that many of the companies that she works with are actively seeking veterans to hire. “That’s a big request. They really want to hire veterans that are returning,” she said. “They’ve served their country, they’ve done their time and we owe that to them. I think there are a lot of employers out there that are really trying to do their part.”
Robert Purdy, from the recruiting office of the Kentucky State Police, said that they are looking for veteran applicants to help man the 16 Kentucky State Police posts across the state. “One of our minimum qualifications is having two years active duty military. We actually try to target the veteran audience. That brings people that are qualified for KSP and puts us in direct contact with them,” he explained.
Frances Adams, a veteran graduate from the Lexington Campus who served in the Marines, said that she made some great contacts at the job fair and will be following up with the companies that she spoke with regarding applications for employment that she’s submitted. She was thankful for the campus’ support of veterans. “I’m so glad that they’re doing something for the vets because it’s hard (to find a job) and any extra help that I can get, I appreciate,” she said.
In the top photo, Kentucky State Police recruiter Robert Purdy is pictured talking to a veteran during Operation Hire Patriots Veterans Job Fair. Walter Jackson, assistant HR manager for the Lexington Clinic, is pictured in the bottom photo talking to a National College student about employment opportunities during the job fair.