Veterans Career and Job Fair to be held on campus June 15
Penn State New Kensington and PA Career Link Alle-Kiski are sponsoring a career fair for military veterans and their family members on June 15. To be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Penn State New Kensington Athletic Center, the event offers participants a chance to connect with employers who are ready to hire veterans.
“We hope they find some good employer contacts but also contacts that they find valuable in their job search and some resources they may not have been aware of,” said Jim Shields, Career Services Coordinator at Penn State New Kensington.
This is the first year for the event, which is free and open to the public. Understanding that family members play an important role in supporting veterans, the sponsors opened the event up to them, as well.
“We realize their families are also a big part of why our military can do what they do,” Shields said.
About 40 employers are expected to participate. Among them are companies like Aerotech, Inc., ALCOA and McCutcheon Enterprises. A few other participating employers are Giant Eagle, Coldwell Banker, Weleski Transfer and Kennemetal. According to Shields, Penn State New Kensington has become increasingly aware of the needs of veterans.
“First of all, we’re seeing more and more veterans as our students. We’ve seen a rise in veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan coming to our campus and enrolling in our programs, so we’re becoming more aware of their needs,” he said. “That really has been the inspiration for the idea of this event and why we want to support our local vets and their families as they face the challenges of finding work and returning to civilian life.”
PA Career Link, a partner of support organizations helping people find jobs, has a representative that works closely with veterans at its New Kensington office. A full partner in the veterans’ job fair, PA Career Link also teams up with Penn State New Kensington in the fall to present the Alle-Kiski Job Fair, which is open to all job seekers and held at Penn State New Kensington.
Those that Shields has heard from have expressed a “high level of appreciation” for the event and its organizers.
“The initial feedback and some of the comments on our registration are “thank you,” appreciation, just a feeling that something like this is needed,” he said.
“What we’re doing and what I’m looking forward to is that chance to impact and make a difference in people’s lives.”
Job seekers are asked to pre-register by June 14 so that organizers can prepare and make the event a better experience for everyone participating, Shields said. Registration, however, is not required. Employers are asked to register as soon as possible. They must register by June 13 to be included in materials distributed at the event.
Shuttle buses will be provided. Participants are strongly encouraged to park at PA Career Link’s New Kensington location and use the buses. Parking on campus is limited due to construction projects. Some handicapped parking is available.
For more information or to register, go to www.nk.psu.edu/VetFair