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Hiring Event Planned In Norman For Oklahoma Military Members

Oct. 28, 2014

Military members and veterans in Oklahoma who are looking for jobs can get a boost at a November hiring event in Norman sponsored by the Oklahoma CareerTech System and its partners.

The Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event is a state initiative sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education CareerTech for Vets program, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination. The agencies will host the hiring event for U.S. military veterans, transitioning service members and Guard and Reserve members from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 4000 Thunderbird, Norman.

Participating employers will have jobs they are ready to fill and will be prepared to interview eligible applicants, said Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets coordinator.

Registration, available at, is required to ensure job seekers can be matched with career fields from the various employers. The goal is to make sure those who attend are pre-matched to companies that are compatible with their skills, Ewing-Holmstrom said.

The hiring event will bring together military members and veterans and employers interested in hiring them and will benefit both, said Col. Warren Griffis, director of the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination program. Jobseekers can find meaningful, reputable employment and become contributors to Oklahoma’s economy, and employers can find high-quality employees with good work ethics and values learned through military experience, he said.

“We are highly trained to think on our feet, very safety conscious as often we find ourselves in military situations where our lives depend on our safety awareness and experienced in handling situations that arise where there may not be an established rule book,” Griffis said. “We’ve been taught to quickly assess a situation and develop a plan of action and execute it in short order, without having to be spoon-fed. And we are physically and medically fit and drug and substance free.”

Two pre-event workshops will focus on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire to ensure attendees are prepared for the hiring event. Workshops will be Oct. 28 at the Brookwood South Workforce Center, 9210 S. Western Avenue, Suite A-9, Oklahoma City, and Oct. 30, at the Eastside Workforce Center, 7401 N.E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City. Resume preparation will be from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and application/interviewing/dress for success will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at both workshops.

To register for the Oct. 28 workshop, call (405) 234-5000. To register for the Oct. 30 workshop, call (405) 713-1890.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186,, or Robert A. Duwel Jr., local veterans’ employment representative, OESC (405)713-2206,

For more information about CareerTech, visit

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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