October 10-12, 2017
By the Connect Tri-Cities Team
What is Connect Tri-Cities? It’s a job fair. A STEM competition. Veterans outreach. Retirement planning. Networking. Interactive exhibits. Job skills preparation. Guest speakers. Connect Tri-Cities will be a resource for the Tri-Cities community, employers and job seekers, sponsored by Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance and their corporate partners, Leidos, Jacobs and Centerra Group.
Connect Tri-Cities seeks to collaborate with community and nation-wide stakeholders to support an effective transfer of knowledge and recruit job seekers in collaboration with STEM, trade/craft and apprenticeship organizations.
Connect Tri-Cities will bring high school students face-to-face with colleges and universities, apprenticeship programs, field trips for hands-on experience at local businesses and a STEM scholarship competition. An important focus for Connect Tri-Cities will be connecting our nation’s Veterans with employment support and workforce development tools.
Diversity and Inclusion are a critical pieces in recruiting future employees. The next generation workforce will represent all aspects of ethnicity, gender, age, personality, education, background and more. The goal is to increase inclusion and connect participants with subject matter experts to foster a thriving, highly-diverse workforce.
The keynote speaker at this event is Edward DeJesus, a renowned author and speaker who works to improve programs and policies for youth and young adults. His message about reclaiming the lost economic fortunes of America’s youth is urban, powerful and unapologetic.
One of the most anticipated aspects of Connect Tri-Cities is the Job Fair & Recruiting Center. Connecting communities is the theme of this event. The goal is to provide a recruiting center for any business and job seeker interested in the Hanford mission and Tri-Cities community. Nearly 70 employers will be present, including federal agencies, Hanford contractors, national laboratories, labor unions, local/state agencies, STEM organizations, military and local businesses. Live demonstrations of real-world job needs – from crane and rigging, emergency responders, engineering, craft and trades, will also be showcased.