VALDOSTA – The South Georgia Coalition for Employment (SGCE) will host its second annual job fair on Thursday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center located at 1 Meeting Place in Valdosta.
The job fair is a collaboration of the City of Valdosta and several area sponsors who have combined their efforts and resources to help reduce unemployment throughout the region. View event flier.
This job fair is open to all people seeking employment, to include individuals with high school diplomas or general education diplomas (GED), individuals graduating from technical schools/colleges, and individuals with prior convictions who are eager to change their lives by entering the workforce. Businesses with a need to hire people are welcome to participate. There is no charge for businesses and interested individuals to attend the event. The goal is simple: to find jobs for people who need employment.
Last year, 40 businesses participated and met with 300 attendees. More than 30 people were employed within days of the job fair. According to the Department of Labor, the results exceeded other job fairs in the area. The second annual event is expected to bring out more than 50 businesses and an increased number of attendees.
Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress requests that organizations consider hiring people who may have a criminal record and but are working towards building their lives back. Chief Childress said that research shows that 70 percent of people who are focused on getting their lives straightened out through steady employment do not return to criminal behavior. This job fair is not just for people with a criminal record, but there is a great effort to help these people change their lives for the better.