Wednesday, March 25, 1998
In a joint effort to help both veterans and businesses, Michigan and Indiana are working together to sponsor their second cross-border job fair. The Michiana Veterans Job Expo '98 is Thursday, April 2, 1998 at the Dowagiac National Guard Armory, 700 W. Prairie Ronde St., from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m."We have found job fairs to be an excellent way to match willing workers with growing businesses," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and Department Director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, one of the sponsors of the event. "It is also a good way for the two states to work together to make the best use of a very tight labor market."There is no charge for either employers or veterans to participate. Veterans taking part are asked to preregister; employers are required to register in advance. "This is a major event for the area," said Larry Jones, local veteran's employment representative for the Employment Services Agency in Michigan. "Last year's expo was a great success and we expect an even larger turn out this year. Vets have earned a reputation as dependable, skilled workers, with leadership skills developed in the military." He noted that there is a large pool of veterans from Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties in Michigan, and St. Joseph and Elkhart counties in Indiana. The job fair, which is open to employed, as well as unemployed veterans, is sponsored by the Michigan Jobs Commission, the Employment Services Agency, the Indiana Workforce Development Service, and local veterans service organizations. To participate, employers must offer full time, permanent jobs that pay at least $8 per hour.For more information or to register, contact one of the sponsoring agencies. In Michigan the contacts are Larry Jones, in Cass County, (616)782-4857, or Jim Kehrer, in Berrien County, (616) 927-1799.