Project HIRED Announces 2012 Career Fair for People with Disabilities

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Event sponsored and hosted by Silicon Valley leader Brocade as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Brocade, in supporting this Project HIRED event, joins a national, month-long movement that celebrates and recognizes the contributions of workers with disabilities.

Project HIRED, whose job assistance services, training, career development and employer services have helped thousands of people with disabilities find the right job with the right company for more than 30 years, today announced its 2012 Project HIRED Career Fair for People with Disabilities sponsored and hosted by Brocade, a Silicon Valley networking solutions leader, in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The career fair is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brocade headquarters at 120 Holger Way in San Jose, California. The 2012 Career Fair for People with Disabilities is open to all job seekers with disabilities and all employers interested in recruiting their talent for their organizations.

Confirmed career fair exhibitors include the following employers, support organizations, and educational institutions: Brocade (host and sponsor), Brandman University, Intuit, LegalShield, Lowe's HIW, Macy's, NAVAIR, San Jose Fire Department, SRI International, Teledyne Microwave Solutions and others.

“Brocade, in supporting this Project HIRED event, joins a national, month-long movement that celebrates and recognizes the contributions of workers with disabilities," said Lisa McGill, executive vice president of Human Resources for Brocade. "Project Hired works with some of the best and brightest of all abilities, and Brocade is pleased to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and sponsor this job fair to help these individuals find meaningful work. We hope that some of this talent will come work for Brocade, but we’re happy to be a facilitator in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their careers."

Project HIRED welcomes Brocade’s support in bringing attention to the need for competitive employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.

“It’s an honor for us to co-host a very important event with Brocade that promotes the need to improve employment opportunities for all job seekers with disabilities,” said Gwen Ford, executive director for Project HIRED. “With the 2012 Career Fair for People with Disabilities, Project HIRED and Brocade encourages the public and private sectors to work together to strengthen the workforce and increase the number of employed people by hiring qualified workers with disabilities.”

For more information about the 2012 Project HIRED Career Fair for People with Disabilities, visit http://www.projecthired.org.

About Brocade
Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (http://www.brocade.com)

About Project HIRED
Founded in 1978, the mission of Project HIRED is to help persons with disabilities gain and sustain employment. Project HIRED offers an array of job placement, training, and employment services designed to promote self-sufficiency and independence, and has helped hundreds of people with disabilities get good jobs at competitive wages. Project HIRED has received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons, the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Innovative Partnership award from the HR Symposium, and the 2008 AbilityOne/NISH National Award for Performance Excellence in Government Contracts. Through reciprocal relationships with industry, Project HIRED develops and maintains a range of services to the community, which includes outreach, employment training, job placement, education of employers and advocacy. Learn more about Project HIRED at http://www.projecthired.org.

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