Ferris, Michigan Works! to provide transportation to veteran job fair

DETROIT – Veterans  are invited to take a free charter bus to the Veteran Hiring Fair and open house hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 27 at Detroit’s COBO Center.

The bus will depart from Ferris State University’s Timme Center for Student Services at 6 a.m. and will return to Big Rapids at 8 p.m. Parking will be available in Lot 3, located on Campus Drive between Hallisy Hall and the music center accross from Top Taggert Field.

Dan Burcham, vice president of Student Affairs at Ferris, is pleased to partner with Michigan Works! West Central on this initiative and provide this opportunity for student veterans and community members who have served our country.

“This is something that we can do to help veterans in our area who are returning home and need help finding employment,” said Burcham. “We are proud to do it. Anything we can do to help our veterans, we will do.”

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, this veteran-centric hiring fair will feature employment opportunities in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. More than 30 federal employers are slated to attend, as well as more than 100 private sector employers.

In addition to onsite employer interviews, veterans will receive one-on-one career coaching, build competitive resumes, attend classes on resume building and interview techniques, enroll in benefits and services through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, learn more about a variety of programs that assist veterans and access employment opportunities available through USAJOBS.

“We are very excited about this opportunity for veterans in our area,” said Michelle Herron, business services director with Michigan Works! West Central, in a press release. “Being able to do this for our veterans, to help them reintegrate into the workforce, is something we feel very strongly about. Not only will this job fair put veterans in touch with companies that are hiring, but also help them translate their military skills into workplace skills that employers can relate to.

“It’s much more than your average job fair,” she added.

Ferris Veterans Program Specialist Adam Forbes and Workforce Development Agency – Veterans Services representative Chad Wilson will accompany the veterans on the bus trip down to Detroit.

Veterans interested in attending the event should RSVP with the Big Rapids Michigan Works! Service Center at (800) 398-7992 and also register online for the hiring fair and open house at vaforvets.com/detroit/veteran.