The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC) held its annual community job & career fair featuring a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. The fair was hosted at the BGCGC site in Slavic Village, a new venue for the community event.
“The need in this community is great, so we targeted it purposefully,” said job development specialist, Matthew Anderson. “We connected with the city councilman of this ward, Tony Bracatelli, and we were informed of the income level so it made sense to get out in this community and help people get jobs.”
Over 15 different companies were represented at the fair providing many opportunities for job seekers. Multiple attendees left the fair with more than two scheduled interviews. This was especially true for Topeka Brown, who came in seeking a job and gained the attention of multiple vendors.
“I have three job interviews lined up and I think I have a great chance of receiving a job,” said Brown.
Brown wasn’t exactly a stranger to CEOGC’s events. She’d successfully completed a plethora of certification classes within the Customer Service Certification Program and is well qualified to work in almost any field. “I got financial aid service, my customer service certificate, financial literacy, and computer literacy training all through CEOGC,” she said. “They’ve helped me find resources for my home as well – I love CEOGC, they’ve been a huge help to me.”
In total, 151 people registered for the event from the small Slavic village community. The numbers reflected how successful partnering with the Boys & Girls Club was. “We really had a great turnout today. It was a nice steady stream,” said Anderson. “Today’s success would not have happened without BGCGC. They provided a larger venue for us; we’ll definitely look to partner with them again in the future.”
Special thanks to Dave’s Markets for catering lunch for the event and to all vendors that came in support of the community!