2010 Graduates: Get a (Good) Job!!!

This May, about 1,000 high school seniors will graduate from Monroe County schools.  An estimated 750 of these will go off to college next fall.  Many of the remaining 250 will stay close to home and will need a good job as a new member of the full-time workforce.

The Chamber’s Franklin Initiative connects qualified young adults with entry-level jobs in the local economy.  We also teach them about the job search process and about what it takes to become a successful member of the workforce.  Franklin Initiative Graduation Coaches at each area high school work one-on-one with students to prepare them for life after graduation.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Franklin Initiative is holding the 3rd annual Employment Fair for Graduation Seniors.  At least 20 local employers from a wide variety of industries will be present to meet with soon-to-be graduates, tell them about their company, and accept applications.  Representatives from life sciences, manufacturing, banks, food and retail services, construction apprenticeship programs and others will be in attendance.  Ivy Tech and WorkOne will also be on hand with advice about continuing education and support for job seekers.  The event is open to seniors from surrounding counties as well, including schools in Morgan, Owen, Greene, Lawrence, and Brown Counties.

During their senior year, Franklin Initiative Graduation Coaches prepare students for National Career Readiness Certification by administering the WorkKeys test.  Students who achieve WorkKeys® Silver or Gold have proven abilities in critical workplace skills such as Reading For Information, Locating Information, and Applied Math.  (For more information about WorkKeys®, please visit www.act.org/workkeys/index.html.)

Does your business have entry-level jobs available now or in the near future?  Consider having a booth at the Franklin Initiative Employment Fair for Graduating High School Seniors.  This is a chance to meet qualified candidates seeking permanent, full-time employment upon graduation.  Most of them have work experience, in addition to other skills they have developed in school and elsewhere.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

WHERE: Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center

COST: $50 per booth ($40 for Chamber members).

FOR MORE INFO AND TO SIGN UP: http://tinyurl.com/yz3kg8p

Edgewood, BHS North, and BHS South students will be transported by bus to the event.  Each student candidate will have completed a universal employment application.  If you require additional information or prefer to have candidates complete your own application forms, please have a supply of those forms on-hand.

Chamber members are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to find qualified employees and provide a real-world educational experience for our graduating seniors.  If you are yourself a soon-to-be graduate (or parent of one) who will need full-time work, be sure to check out the website at http://tinyurl.com/yz3kg8p.  There you will find more information about the event, how to prepare for an employment fair, how to write a resume, and the all-important universal application form.

The 2010 Employment Fair for Graduating Seniors is generously supported by: