Reentry Job Fair

Report and photo courtesy of FCC Forrest City

Left: Antonio Anderson, Teacher  Right: Warden C.V. Rivera
Left: Antonio Anderson, Teacher
Right: Warden C.V. Rivera

The Employment & Information Fair was held for FCC Forrest City Camp/Low on Thursday, August 21, 2014. There were a total of forty-eight guests that represented the thirty-two vendors that attended the event. Warden C.V. Rivera welcomed the diverse group of vendors representing five different states that included government agencies, service organizations, churches, and businesses. A total of one hundred and three returning citizens from the low component, and forty from the camp component participated in this year’s fair. The event was a tremendous success based on feedback from visitors and the reentering citizens that participated. This informational employment fair was coordinated by Antonio Anderson, Teacher, FCC Forrest City/Low and Kim Taylor, Teacher FCC Forrest City/Camp.

Our collaboration with The Central Arkansas Re-Entry Coalition (CARE) was instrumental in the success of the event. CARE was well represented with Ms. Leta Anthony, Chairperson in attendance along with a host of committee members representing several other businesses. The networking by Forrest City’s Re-entry committee with other CARE affiliates brought legitimacy to the event. ADBECA, Helping Hand, Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders, Help Yourself Publishing, and Goodwill Industries all members of CARE offered job opportunities to our returning citizens.

A list of all vendors that participated at this year’s Employment & Information Fair includes the following:

* U.S. Probation – Eastern Missouri

* East Arkansas Community College

* ADBECA

* St. Francis Area Development Center

* Cross County Department of Human Services

* Arkansas Department of Corrections

* Southern Missouri Truck Driving School

* Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

* Goodwill Industries – Little Rock

* Arkansas Department of Labor

* U.S. Probation – Eastern Arkansas

* St. Francis Catholic Church

* Arkansas Time After Time

* American Red Cross

* Independent Vendor

* Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute

* Arkansas Insurance Department

* Lewis Burnett Employment Finders

* Arkansas Department of Workforce

* Helping Hand

* The Hamilton Experience

* Kentucky Fried Chicken

* Regions Bank

* Forrest City Mayor’s Office

* City of Faith -Halfway House

* Henderson Builders

* St. Francis County Health Unit

* Heavenly Sent Transitional Home

* Arkansas Workforce – Forrest City

* Central Arkansas Re-entry Coalition (CARE)

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