Welcoming a steady stream of United States Military Veterans to the first ever Veterans Employment Expo, hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Department, were Jay Shechter Director of Community Services for the City of Pembroke Pines and Silvia A. Aguilar, Community Services Administrator. “This was a great experience for everyone involved. We had over 200 Veterans attend our Employment Expo and they received exactly what they were looking for information about new career opportunities and meeting potential employers,” said Pembroke Pines Commissioner Jay Schwartz who initiated the idea of hosting a Veterans Employment Expo during a Pembroke Pines Commission meeting earlier in the year. Not only did Veterans come dressed for success, they attended workshops on resume writing and interviewing techniques to fine tune their resumes and met employers who were screening and recruiting applicants in keeping with the Employment Expo theme: “Be A Hero, Hire A Veteran.”
We are very pleased with the turnout and so are the exhibitors who represented 35 employers, a dozen veteran service agencies, and two schools which link veterans to benefit information and career guidance,” commented Jay Shechter. Veterans streamed through The Center speaking with the Expo representatives throughout the day until the Expo ended at 3:00 p.m. The Veteran’s Employment Expo is part of the City of Pembroke Pines Re-Energize and Re-Connect Initiative whose goal is to provide resources and housing at the R & R Village for Active and Honorably Discharged Members of the military. “We are committed to helping members of the military transition back into civilian life.”
Based on positive feedback from Employer and US Military Veterans plans are now in the works for a 2016 Veterans Employment Expo. “This was an important event for Pembroke Pines to host,” said World War II Army Veteran Carl Shechter, and Commissioner for the City of Pembroke Pines. Shechter, along with Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis and Commissioner Jay Schwartz attended the Expo to greet Veterans and thank them for their Service to their Country.
The City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue, in Pembroke Pines offers a wide variety of daytime, afternoon and evening classes taught by top notch instructors at affordable fees. To view the current list of classes, activities and events held at the Community Center please visit www.ppines.com and click on Departments and select Community Services. For additional information please call 954.450.6888 and ask for the activities desk.