“Hiring Red, White and You!” (RWY), a job fair for veterans, will be held at the Beaumont Civic Center on Thursday, November 15.   The unique job fair seeks to connect veterans with Texas employers who value the experience, discipline and other qualities inherent with a military background.

The RWY hiring initiative started with the Texas Medical Center’s efforts to hire veterans into openings within The Medical Center. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Governor Rick Perry then charged the 28 workforce boards with hosting a similar Veterans Job Fair on the same day, throughout the state, for all industry sectors.

More than eighty employers, educational institutions and veteran service providers are scheduled to attend the job fair and provide employment opportunities, valuable information on programs, such as College Credits for Veterans, and other services to help veterans successfully transition to civilian life in Southeast Texas. Positions available to job fair participants include police officers, drafters, electricians, chemists, welders, machinists, correctional officers, sales/customer representatives, clerical, pipe fitters, sheriff deputies, managers/supervisors, and many more.

Veterans are encouraged to bring their military identification including DD-214, drivers’ license with veteran’s stamp or other veterans service organizations IDs

(VA, DAV, VFW, etc.).  Workforce Center staff will be on hand to assist employers and job seekers during the job fair.

The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.  An opening ceremony for the state-wide event begins at 9:30 a.m. with remarks from Marilyn Smith, executive director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas.  After presentation of the flags by military personnel, Lamar University students will play an Armed Forces fanfare with Carolyn Howard, Beaumont Main Street, slated to sing the National Anthem. Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames will officially open the event.

Major partners of the event include TOTAL Port Arthur Refinery, Valero Energy Corp., Burrow Global Construction, City of Beaumont, Beaumont Civic Center, Triple S Industries, Disabled American Veterans, Industrial Safety Training Counsel, Sabine Area Central Labor Council, BASF Corporation, JK Chevrolet, IBEW Local 479, Vista College, Sabine Area Sheet Metal Local 54 and Lamar Institute of Technology.

Employers interested in participating may contact Workforce’s administrative offices at 409-719-4750 for more information.

The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board is a business-led group of volunteers that evaluates and oversees the delivery of all workforce training and employment services in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties.  The board’s overall mission is to identify opportunities and create partnerships that effectively link employers and job seekers to improve the economic future of the area.  Workforce Solutions

Southeast Texas brings together a myriad of programs for easy access for employers and job seekers.