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CareerTech Helps Connect Military Personnel, Companies

CareerTech Helps Connect Military Personnel, Companies

Military personnel networked with potential employers during June's hiring event at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Sill.

Oklahoma CareerTech recently helped more than 300 military-affiliated Oklahoma residents look for work and more than 62 companies look for employees.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, along with six other entities, held a hiring event in June at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Sill in Lawton, drawing 334 individuals, 62 companies and six veteran service organizations.

“The event was a tremendous success,” said Levi Valdois, CareerTech military liaison and coordinator of military initiatives. “The numbers were outstanding. Our goal was 50 companies, and every company that registered showed up. We had a mad rush the last few days before the event and even had to turn away a few companies because we just could not fit them in the space we had.

“My goal for job seekers was 200, and we had more than 330 job seekers from across the state who attended the event.”

Companies conducted 26 interviews onsite, and one oil and gas industry company, Schlumberger, set up more interviews for immediately following the hiring event. CareerTech is still gathering information about the number of interviews and jobs offered after the event, Valdois said.

“Most companies have told us that this was the best event that they have attended and have asked to be invited to the next event,” he said.

The hiring event is part of CareerTech’s military initiative designed to help military personnel returning to the state move into gainful civilian employment.

“Many sources credit higher unemployment numbers in our veteran populations with a disconnect between the jobs they performed in the military and the skills they acquired during service and how that translates into employment as a civilian,” Valdois said. “Essentially, our service members need assistance transitioning from the military into civilian employment and making connections with our business partners who are looking for highly qualified candidates.”

Also sponsoring the hiring event were the Oklahoma National Guard Employment Coordination Program, the Fort Sill Army Career Alumni Program, the Lawton office of WorkForce Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Great Plains Technology Center and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

CareerTech is planning similar hiring events for the Stillwater area in the fall and the Tulsa area in spring 2014.

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