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Press Release – For Immediate Release
Colorado Springs, Colorado – IntelliTec’s Career Services department volunteered at this year’s Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE). Three days of employment readiness training were followed by one of the largest military career fair/hiring events in Colorado. IntelliTec introduced its career-focused training programs to the members of the military, veterans and their spouses. This event gave IntelliTec the opportunity to show the military sect just how grateful they are for their service and to offer help with the transition into the civilian workforce.
Career Services Manager Joanie Johnston says, “IntelliTec is committed to our community and happy to assist in any opportunity that helps our local veterans build their careers.”
As of April 2014, 56% of IntelliTec’s student population consisted of military, veterans and spouses. IntelliTec College has been active in military employment readiness by participating in various military, career focused events. “While this is the first time we have volunteered in the training portion, this is not the first time we have taken part in the MVEE. In years prior, we have gone to the career fairs to gain or build relationships with our employers and represent our students and graduates,” says Johnston. Career Services Advisor Yolanda Moore volunteered at the MVEE event for the healthcare industry portions, while Career Services Advisor Don Chatman and Manager Joanie Johnston volunteered with the employment readiness portions for manufacturing, energy, mechanical, transportation, trades, oil and gas industries.
As volunteers, Moore, Chatman and Johnston each took part in speed networking events. The participants in these events had two minutes to share their verbal business cards and backgrounds, as well as interact with a variety of industry professionals. The industry professionals then provided constructive feedback to all the participants and made themselves available for a bit of mentoring time afterwards to answer any specific questions. IntelliTec took advantage of the opportunity to help prepare individuals for the next step by providing feedback on how they present themselves in a professional setting, so that they might be able to enter or re-enter the civilian workforce with ease.
The Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Hero2Hired, and Fort Carson came together to put on the 2014 Colorado Springs Military & Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE). The event began on May 13th with three days of Employment Readiness classes, taking place at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). The job fair/hiring event was conducted on May 21stat the Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. This event brought together over 200, primarily Colorado based employers, along with many nationwide companies, global contractors, federal agencies and state organizations.
Over the course of the three training days, classroom learning was accompanied by a higher-education fair held in the Atrium at PPCC. Representatives from colleges, universities and trade schools, which offer career training programs and majors that align with each industry-specific day, were there to lend their expertise to attendees.
Johnston says, “The best part was that they offered the free training and employment readiness opportunities, and it was great to see so many employers with open positions.”
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs offers hands-on career training in the automotive, computer, HVAC, medical and personal training fields with associate degree (occupational) programs. Request more information at http://www.IntelliTec.edu or call 719-632-7626.
Joanie Johnston – Career Services Manager
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs