The South Georgia Coalition for Employment sponsored a Job Fair today from from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Lowndes County Civic Center, at 2102 East Hill Avenue in Valdosta. People with criminal convictions in their background were encouraged to come out.
The group says it aims to reduce unemployment in the region. There were coalition members on-hand during the Job Fair to assist applicants with completing job applications with employers, who had booths at the Job Fair.
More than 40 employers were there to speak with applicants.
Some applicants say second chances like this are hard to come by, but are a way they can prove themselves to employers.
"Most of us come from prison working so we have the work standards. Most people just don't give us the opportunity we need. It's great these probation officers take their time and these people open their doors so we can prove we'll work just as hard as anybody else will," says Jerry Rawls who has a prior conviction.
This program is extended to everyone with high school diplomas or general education diplomas (GED), individuals graduating from technical schools/colleges, and those with prior convictions, who want to change their lives by getting a job.
The South Georgia Coalition for Employment is a coalition consisting of:
The Valdosta Police Department
Georgia Department of Community Supervision
The Valdosta/Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
"Never Too Late Program" of Lowndes/Valdosta Commission for Children and Youth
Sentinel Probation Services
Paxen Learning Services LLC
Wiregrass Technical College
Georgia Department of Labor
South Georgia Regional Library System
The Valdosta Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
All local businesses and applicants are encouraged to attend this Job Fair. For more information, call the City of Valdosta Human Resource Department at 229-259-3544 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the Job Fair. People who need help with resumes can call Cedric Small with the "Never Too Late Program" at 229.232.1820.
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