FORT HOOD — Workforce Solutions of Central Texas will be on post Thursday to connect veterans and their spouses with more than 50 employers.
Hiring Red, White and You! is a statewide initiative put on by the Texas Workforce Commission, 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission.
Together, the groups organize numerous job fairs that take place throughout the state Thursday. Locally, one will occur at the Fort Hood Community Center, Clear Creek Road, Building 50012.
“This is designed to serve the veterans and their family members, and it is done around the state on the same day,” said Kimberly Patterson, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas business service manager. “The intent of the job fair is to connect veterans, their families and (soldiers) with jobs and businesses in Central Texas.”
Last year’s events attracted more than 12,000 veterans and 1,400 employers and resulted in about 2,800 new hires, said Laura Ybarra, with Texas Workforce Commission.
At Fort Hood, more than 650 people attended the job fair last year with more than 60 employers, and Workforce Solutions expects larger numbers this year, Patterson said.
The greater Killeen area is a great place to recruit workers, especially veterans, Patterson said.
“(Veterans) are a trained, ready to work workforce,” she said. “They know about working as a team member. They know about being to work earlier.”
If you go
What: Hiring Red, White & You! job fair
When: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday
Where: Fort Hood Community Center, Clear Creek Road, Building 50012.
List of expected vendors at the Hiring Red, White and You! job fair:
- Ainsworth Trucking
- Art Institute of Austin
- Belton Police Department
- Ben E Keith
- Central Texas College--HR Recruiting
- Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
- City of Killeen
- College Credit for Heroes
- CVS Pharmacy
- Delta Centrifugal Corp
- Express Employment Professional
- First Command Financial Services
- Henry Schein Dental
- Irving Police Department
- Killeen Fire Department
- Killeen ISD
- Lucas Group
- New Horizons
- Northrop Grumman
- Personnel Experts
- Pro Med Career Institute
- Resource Employment Solutions
- Scott & White Healthcare
- Seaboard Foods
- Southern Careers Institute
- Texas A&M-Central Texas--Career Services
- Texas A&M-Central Texas--Office of Recruiting & Outreach
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Tyson Foods
- University of Phoenix-Military
- U.S. Army
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Vista College
- Volt Workforce Solutions