Tyler, Texas, April 21, 2017: Workforce Solutions East Texas is teaming up with Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton to host a job fair for young adults on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
"Summer will soon be here and kids getting out of high school and college will need to find jobs," Commissioner Hampton said. "We want to help our youth find gainful employment, while helping Smith County employers find good workers at the same time."
Workforce Solutions East Texas has been serving youth in the East Texas area for 40-plus years through various programs. Workforce Solutions serves an average of 390 youth per year in Smith County through its various programs.
"We are proud to partner with Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton and Smith County on this important event for young adults," said Doug Shryock, Director of Workforce and Economic Development for the East Texas Council of Governments. "We encourage those who are looking for work to come dressed for success and visit with the employers who are ready to hire."
Workforce Solutions holds targeted youth job fairs that highlight the skills and training youth have gained through its training opportunities, and work to connect employers with them for long-term sustainable employment.
Commissioner Hampton is partnering with Workforce Solutions to host a Young Adult Job Fair from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday April 25, 2017, at St. Louis Baptist Church, located at 4000 Frankston Highway in Tyler, to target youth seeking employment.
People ages 16 to 24 who are interested in finding work are asked to dress for success and bring their resumes to the job fair, where on-site hiring and workforce resources will be available.
Commissioner Hampton came up with the idea for a young adult job fair after meeting with several people in her precinct late last year.
Vendors scheduled to be at the job fair include Express Employment Professionals, Snelling Staffing, Tyler Junior College, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Workforce Solutions East Texas, UT Health Northeast, Mastercorp, Anderson Merchandisers, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corp, A.T. Staffing, Baker Ripley, Trinity Valley Community College, Bradshaw State Jail, Etech, Office Pride, Just Energy, Suddenlink Communications, Advantage Resourcing, Right at Home, Texas College, Celina's Staffing, Community Access Inc., Braum's Ice Cream and Dairy Stores and Cricket Wireless.
The event is being held in April in connection with National County Government Month and National Youth Month. It is being sponsored by the East Texas Council of Governments under grants from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
For more information, contact Doug Shryock, Director of Workforce and Economic Development for ETCOG at (903) 218-6425.
About Workforce Solutions East Texas
It is the mission of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to improve the quality of life through economic development by providing a first-class workforce for present and future businesses. It is the vision that Workforce Solutions East Texas has active economic development with a premier workforce attracting and supporting growth of business and industry. The Board works in partnership with chief elected officials of the region and is the primary source of local workforce policy. The Workforce Solutions East Texas Board is one of 28 local Workforce Solutions Boards located throughout the state. The board serves Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains, Wood, Upshur, Camp, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Gregg, Rusk, Cherokee, Anderson and Smith counties. The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) serves as the administrating agency of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board.
The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) is a voluntary association of counties, cities, school districts and special districts within the fourteen-county East Texas region. ETCOG assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. Established in 1970, ETCOG, either directly, or through its contractors, provides programs and services for East Texas seniors, employers, and job seekers. ETCOG and its contractors also build the 9-1-1 emergency call delivery system, provide peace officer training and homeland security planning services, deliver rural transportation services, business finance programs, and environmental grant funding for the region.