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Peralta News – 2011 Jobs and Career Expo, Laney College

15 June 2011. 0 comments

Peralta Community College District, in collaboration with Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office, hosted a Jobs and Career expo at Laney College on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Over sixty vendors were present and 1,000 potential job seekers attended the event.

“It was a pleasure to collaborate with the Peralta Community College District and Laney College to host this event, and to provide employment opportunities and services for those residing in the 9th Congressional District”, said Congresswoman Lee. “In these difficult times, it is encouraging to know that so many are doing what they can to provide resources and jobs for our local job-seekers.”

Participating employers from federal agencies, high-tech firms, green industries, transportation, banking, health care and construction trades were on site to conduct interviews and provide career information for constituents seeking employment opportunities.

“We are so fortunate to live in a dynamic and vibrant area, full of diverse industry and innovation,” Lee said. “We have brought together nearly 60 hiring, federal and non-federal employers, as well as workshops and resources, for one reason – and one reason only – to help people find jobs!”

The expo featured workshops throughout the day, which were designed to enhance job-seeking strategies that focused on green jobs opportunities, social media techniques, job-search strategies for those over 50 and the top emerging industries in the Bay Area. Volunteers from the Oakland Private Industry Council and East Bay Pen provided resume reviews and critiques during the daylong event.

“I would like to thank Peralta District Chancellor Dr. Wise Allen, Laney College President Dr. Elnora Webb and the many generous workshop presenters, agencies and employers who offered their support to make this event possible,” remarked Deputy District Director Ricci Graham, from Congress Woman Lee’s office.

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