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Job Fair: Veterans and People with Disabilities

September 24, 2012

Hosted by UCAR on the Center Green Campus, October 2, 2012

  • 14 Employers looking to fill 430 jobs in the next 6 to 12 months

  • October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

  • In partnership with the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Boulder County


Event Details

- What:  Veterans and People with Disabilities Job Fair

- When:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, 2012

- Where:  UCAR Center Green Campus, 3080 Center Green Drive, Boulder, 80301 - Directions

- What to bring:  Resume

- Special accommodations: Contact Pamela Christensen 720-587-9757, pamela.christensen@state.co.us by September 24.

BOULDER—Veterans and people with disabilities seeking work along the northern Front Range will have the opportunity to speak directly with employers at a job fair in Boulder on Tuesday, October 2. The event, co-sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Workforce Boulder County, and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, will take place at UCAR’s Center Green campus at 3080 Center Green Drive in north Boulder.

Fourteen area companies are looking to fill more than 430 positions in the next 6 to 12 months in the areas of: administration, food service, manufacturing, security, computing (hardware and software), and supervisory positions, says Nancy Wade of UCAR Human Resources.

“We are delighted to expand our job fair this year to include the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,” says Wade. “In addition to supporting unemployed veterans we are excited to support and connect employers and people with disabilities, an often overlooked talent pool.”

Representatives from AlliedBarton Security, Ball Aerospace, Boulder County, GE Energy Control Solutions, First RF, TransFirst, Neon, Safeway, University of Colorado Boulder, Hyatt Hotels, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), URS, and UCAR will be on site to talk about available and upcoming positions.

Workforce Boulder County staff and the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will also be on hand to provide information about their programs and services, including financial benefits for companies that hire through DVR.

Pamela Christensen, business outreach specialist for DVR works with employers providing disability awareness training and placement services. She says a number of myths exist about employing a person with disabilities. “Only one in four working-age individuals with disabilities needs special accommodations--and of those, 50 percent of the accommodations cost less than $500, or nothing at all,” says Christensen. “Employers typically see reduced turnover costs when employing a person with disabilities, as this talent pool tends to stay with an employer longer.”

participants in the 2011 job fair at UCAR
Participants in the 2011 job fair visit one of the employers' booths. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin. This image is freely available for media & nonprofit use.)

Workforce Boulder County reports that the 2011 unemployment rate for veterans in Colorado was 9.5 percent. Nationally, the veteran unemployment rate is 6.6 percent (August, 2012), according to veterans employment specialist Jim Moore.

“It is great that the number of unemployed veterans has been decreasing during the past two years, but if you are one of the unemployed it is really hard,” says Moore.

This is the third year UCAR, in partnership with Workforce Boulder County, has held the job fair. It is the first time the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has participated.

About UCAR

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a consortium of 77 universities offering Ph.D.s in the atmospheric and related sciences. UCAR manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and provides additional services through the UCAR Community Programs (UCP).

 

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