Veterans employment expo comes to COS

militaryThe Department of Labor and Employment is joining forces with several government agencies this month, including community organizations and nonprofits to produce a Military and Veterans Employment Expo. All veterans, particularly those soon to be discharged and those recently separated are encouraged to attend.

The Military and Veterans Employment Expo is structured to be several days of classroom learning and preparation from May 13-15, capped off with one of the biggest veterans hiring events in Colorado Springs.

The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 South Academy Blvd.

Veterans will attend employment readiness classes to prepare them for today’s marketplace. Some are core classes, providing job-search skill building; and sector classes, which are conducted by employers from a variety of key industries. Those classes offer job seekers with military backgrounds with information about transitioning into specific industries.

A job fair will be offered to veteran job seekers, active duty military members and their families from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 22 at the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, 3650 North Nevada Ave. Nearly 200 companies will participate, all with job openings. Veterans who attended the employment-readiness classes from May 13-15 will be admitted to the hiring event at 9 a.m. Then, at 10 a.m., doors will be opened for disabled veterans.  All veterans will gain admittance at 11 a.m.

In addition to the job fair at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center, a “virtual” job fair will take place throughout May. The online event can be accessed at www.connectingcolorado.com and veterans should register with Connecting Colorado before visiting the virtual job fair. The virtual event offers a diversity of job openings with defense companies, financial institutions, construction firms and more.

“Helping veterans make a successful transition to the civilian workplace is an important way to say ‘thanks’ for their service,” said Ellen Golombek, executive director of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Sponsors of the event include the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the Colorado National Guard, Pikes Peak Community College, the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Return 2 Work.  Together, they have put together a military-to-business pipeline, helping veterans recognize how the skills they gained in any of the branches of service can be readily applied in a wide range of civilian careers.

Veterans are urged to attend all four days to make the most of the myriad opportunities. Before attending, however, they should first register by visiting http://www.mvee.org.