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Hiring Event Planned In McAlester For Oklahoma Military Members

Feb. 10, 2015

Oklahoma CareerTech and its partners are planning an Oklahoma Military Connection hiring event in McAlester in April -- their first one in southeast Oklahoma.

Southeast Oklahoma has “a unique set of needs,” said David Crow with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Companies in the area are looking to hire.”

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. April 2 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center, 1 C Tree Road, McAlester.

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.

“Our employer partners throughout the state are excited about attending our hiring events because they know the job seekers are prepared through our workshops and come ready to interview,” she said. “These transitioning military members also bring the skills needed, along with the right experience and professionalism.”

Registration for job-seekers and employers, 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.

“We’re fortunate in Oklahoma to have a low unemployment rate. Employers are clamoring for workers,” Crow said. “This is a good opportunity to take a group of folks with a variety of skill sets and match them with jobs, to help them become employed and help companies fill openings to be profitable and grow their businesses.”

Pre-event workshops to help prepare job-seekers will focus on interview preparation, resume pointers and attire.

For more information about the hiring event, contact Amy Ewing-Holmstrom, CareerTech for Vets, 405-714-6186,; Ryan Davis, local veterans’ employment representative, OESC, 918-682-3364, Ext. 233,; or Lisa Mussett, local veterans’ employment representative, OESC, 580-286-6667,

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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