Councilmember Silverman Partners to Host Sixth D.C. Career Fair

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2015, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman, in partnership with Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, will join with over 10 non-profit organizations to provide a job training workshop and hiring event on Friday, October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mead Center (1101 Sixth St., SW/Waterfront Metro).

The two-part event will focus on providing job training, hiring services, and professional development resources to participants with a job search and interview training workshops in the morning, 9:00 a.m.- noon, followed by an afternoon job fair with hiring organizations, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Participants must pre-register with one of the partner agencies to receive personalized resources and career guidance. Event information and details on how to register can be found by visiting Opening remarks will begin at 10:00 a.m.

“I’m so excited to be a partner with our local and regional businesses because helping our unemployed and underemployed residents get jobs not only helps our residents, but it helps our businesses and our economy,” said At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman. “The addition of career workshops to this year’s fair will help residents get on a career pathway—and give them the tools to stay on it.”

The career resources agencies who will be registering participants and/or holding day-of workshops include Academy of Hope, Building Futures, Bread for the City, Community Partnership, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), Covenant House, D.C. Department of Employment Services, D.C. Office of Human Rights, Dress for Success, Edgewood Brookland Collaborative, Office of Returning Citizens Affairs (ORCA), Strive D.C. and the University of D.C. Community College.

Registered participants of the morning workshops will be able to meet with hiring organizations during the afternoon job fair and explore employement opportunities in construction, retail, hospitality and leisure, law, transportation, armed forces and facilities services. Companies that are currently recruiting and committed to participating include Bridgepoint Healthcare, Clark Construction, Compass Coffee, DC Water, Forest City, Giant, MPD and Union Kitchen.

“I’m proud to support the D.C. Career Fair and the excellent work it does to connect Ward 6 residents with good jobs, job training programs, and other employment resources,” noted Councilmember Allen. “My office is committed to helping people who are unemployed and underemployed find new opportunities, bringing talented workers together with our local business community to grow a stronger District economy for all.”

“Arena is pleased to continue this partnership with our city’s dedicated councilmembers, Silverman and Allen, by acting as host for another job fair,” stated Arena Stage Executive Producer Edgar Dobie. “It is always encouraging to see so many hiring organizations filling our building. Arena is proud to do what we can to help everyone in our community find meaningful employment.”

Employers interested in participating should contact Patricia Joseph in the Office of At-Large Councilmember Elissa Silverman at [email protected] or 202-724-8081.