Tri-C and AT&T co-sponsor Hiring Our Heroes military job fair

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Nearly 150 local employers planning to participate

To help combat unemployment among military veterans and military spouses, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has teamed-up with AT&T, the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission and U.S. Chamber of Commerce to assist employers and qualified members of the military community seeking employment.

The hiring fair will take place on Friday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC), at East 30th Street and Woodland Avenue, on Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus. The ATTC, which opened in October, has already served nearly 200 veterans as part of the College’s Workforce and Economic Development Division training programs.

“Everyone associated with the Tri-C Veterans Initiative is thrilled that AT&T has again stepped up to the forefront to team with us on the critical issue of helping our veterans attain gainful employment,” said Rick DeChant, executive director of Veterans Services & Programs at Tri-C.

DeChant noted that AT&T has been a continued partner providing support to the Tri-C Veterans Education Connection Center in Partnership with AT&T located in the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center. The Veterans Connection Center is only the second distance learning lab of its kind in the country located within a VA medical facility.  More than 2,000 veterans have made use of the center at least once since its opening 2 1/2 years ago.

“We increased our veteran recruiting emphasis beginning in 2011, and have benefitted greatly from the outstanding leadership, skills and character of the veterans who have joined AT&T,” said Adam Grzybicki, President, AT&T Ohio.  “It is the right thing to do for our company, our veterans and our country. Our nation’s service men and women make great sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. It’s an honor to support them in their service, and an opportunity to recruit them as they transition to career opportunities in the private sector.”

Employer participation is any employers, governmental agencies and veterans’ nonprofits.  Those interested can register at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes

There is no cost to employers wishing to participate. Employers, governmental agencies and veterans’ nonprofits with proof of charitable organization status from the IRS may bring small displays and other items for marketing and will be provided with a table for their exhibit.

Attendance is open to all honorably discharged veterans, active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserves and military spouses. To receive priority access to the hiring fair, veterans will be required to show proof of either current active military service; including service in the Guard or Reserves, or an honorable discharge at the hiring fair. Employers may ask to see proof of military service during this event. Military spouses should be accompanied by their spouse, carry documentation showing their relationship to a veteran or active duty service members, or show military-issued ID.

The Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission can help obtain this proof ahead of time. Contact the commission at , or call 216.698.2393 o find out how to obtain certified military service records, including your DD-214, and medical records for free.

Please e-mail Bryan A. McGown from the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission at with any questions related to the event.

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