Project HIRED Brings 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Workforce Employer Conference and Veteran Career Fair to San Jose

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Veterans, local business leaders and regional support and non-profit organizations, meet to focus on transition of veterans to civilian careers.

Project HIRED, whose training and employment services have helped hundreds of people with disabilities find the right job for more than 30 years, announced today that they will host, local and regional public officials, business leaders and veterans at the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce Employer Conference, Friday, May 31, 2013 at The Rotunda at San Jose City Hall. This year’s theme is “Courage and Confidence,” and in partnership with the City of San Jose and Work2 Future, the program will focus on a series of sessions designed to help both employers and veterans with the tools and resources they need to successfully transition veterans into the civilian workplace. In addition, keynote speakers will include San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose Councilmembers Ash Kalra and Rose Herrera.

The free, one-day event is divided into two parts: an all-day conference for employers, agencies, and organizations with expert-led presentations about hiring veterans, and an all-day veteran career and resource fair for job-seeking veterans, including those with disabilities. The employer registration and sessions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The veteran resource and career fair will include 60 exhibitors including more than 40 employers seeking to hire and retain veteran employees. The veteran registration and sessions are scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating employers include Brocade, Chase, Facebook, Inc., Federal Bureau of Investigation, Genentech, Juniper Networks, Jeppesen, Oracle, PG&E, Prudential, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, and many more.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of San Jose and Work2Future,” said Gwen Ford, executive director of Project HIRED. “Many of our veterans are coming home to face high unemployment after they have sacrificed so much for us. With the support of the City of San Jose and Work2Future, we at Project HIRED can continue to work directly with business leaders to help them place our veterans in their organizations.”

Participating conference speakers include representatives from Department of Veteran Affairs, the US Army, the United States Marine Corps, the EEOC, the California Department of Rehabilitation, the City of Sacramento, San Jose State University, and the World Institute on Disability. Panels will also include speakers from Northrop Grumman, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Brocade, Genentech, and Project HIRED as well as veteran, disability, recruiting, and tax experts from PeopleSolutions, Crescent Allied Solutions, One Stop Tax Shop, ReBoot Camp, Avenir Coaching, and the Never Give Up Foundation.

The event will be held at the Rotunda at San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California. For more information or to register for the event:

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.

About the Wounded Warrior Workforce Program
The Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program is a portfolio of people, resources, and services that focuses Project HIRED's extensive experience and expertise in human resources strategy to support veterans as they evolve their military training, resourcefulness, and resilience into a successful civilian career. Additionally, the program helps businesses leverage the unique advantages of the veteran workforce. The Wounded Warrior Workforce program supports disabled veterans throughout their transition to the civilian workforce and supports them and their employers throughout their entire careers by creating a community of resources to serve both.

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