Thousands of Texans now know about Career Coach as an online cost-free tool to help in their quests to get a job or move up to a better job as the result of the participation of Tarrant County College as the title sponsor of the Putting Texans Back to Work Job Fair and Career Expo at the Irving Convention Center.
TCC had a team on hand to visit with any of the 6,000 job-seekers who wanted to learn how they could get information about careers, educational requirements, entry salaries, job outlooks and actual job openings. As many as 120 representatives of major local and national employers participated as part of a national push to put Americans back to work. A similar event is being planned for Los Angeles and one was held previously in New York.
National talk show host Geraldo Rivera broadcast his show live from the convention center and afterwards met several of the event sponsors, including TCC staffers. Other local radio personalities present included The Ticket’s Norm Hitzges and The Wolf’s Smokey Rivers.
Pulling everything together for the Career Coach exhibit was Trinity River Campus’ Kristin Vinson-Wright, coordinator of Career and Employment Services. She reached out to her fellow career and employment counterparts and colleagues in Corporate Services and College Access and Community Outreach to staff the exhibit. Joining her in telling the news about TCC’s online employment tool were CACO’s Lauren Muhl and Esteban Cerda and Corporate Services Stephanie Sipho and Linda Kelly. From other campus career and employment offices were Fran Long, South; Gina Maloy, Arlington; and Sandra Walker, Northeast.
The opportunity to earn an associate degree by taking classes only on the weekend was explained by David Pearse and Wendy Jasper-Martinez, directors of Academic Affairs and Weekend College of Northwest and Trinity River campuses, respectively.
Special thanks to everyone who pulled together to make the day a success! See a video of the day and hear some of the follow-up promotional clips. More photographs are available in the Galleries.