By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
For the first time ever, AAPS Adult Education will host a job fair for Adult Education students, parents of Pathways to Success students, and anyone else looking for employment.
The Nov. 14 event will be held in conjunction with the monthly free food distribution.
Both events will be held from 5 to 7 p .m. at Pathways to Success Academic Campus, 2800 Stone School Road, Ann Arbor. Parking is available in front of and behind the school, as well as in the Community Baptist Church parking lot next door.
AAPS Adult Education’s Career Navigation Specialist Jackie Scott is hopeful that this first job fair will lead to many employment matches.
“It’s open to high school age students, adult education students in GED (General Education Diploma), ESL (English as a Second Language), HSC (High School Completion), as well as those in surrounding communities who are in need of employment,” she said. “It’s a good idea to come ready with a resume, but it’s not necessary.”
Michigan Works representatives will be on hand to talk about the services they provide, which include interviewing skills, resume-writing jobs search and training. Tuition help may be available with some certificate programs.
Employers committed to the job fair include:
Glacier Hills – Rehab and Senior Living Community. Hiring nurses, dining coordinators, certified nursing assistants, etc.
Senior Helpers – Family of caregivers. Enhance your skills, enrich lives. Competitive pay, flexible hours and job opportunities close to home.
Chartwells – Prepares, presents and serves food in the Ann Arbor Public School District.
Scribe America – Medical scribe, no prior medical experience necessary. Paid training. Works with physicians and records all of their notes electronically.
Manpower – Staff consultants. Placements include manufacturing (skilled trades, light industrial, general labor), health care and administrative.
Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Delicatessen, and Bakery. Opportunities available at all locations.
UPS – Hiring permanent, part-time and seasonal help.
Michigan Works will be on hand to distribute information about youth and adult programs. Job opportunities, certificate program assistance, etc.
And RAHS (Regional Alliance for Health Schools) will be there to register families for services. RAHS provides medical services to families in the community that include but are not limited to physical exams, sick visits, insurance enrollment, etc. regardless of the ability to pay.
This job fair is for students, parents, and anyone in the community who is looking for employment.
Those coming for the food distribution will be invited to fill a bag with fruit, vegetables, bread, dairy, juice, snacks and possibly meat—courtesy of Food Gatherers. Doors open at 5 p.m., and each person will be given a number.
Food distributions are held on the second Wednesday of every month at Pathways. Last month, about 50 families received free food.
“We hope to reach as many people as possible who might have a need for either one,” said Beth Carlson, co-facilitator of adult education, AAPS. “We’re opening the doors, and we’ll be there for anyone interested in a job, or for free food distribution, or both.
Huron Hills Baptist Church which has provided 100 Thanksgiving baskets for Pathways families, which will be available for pickup that day.
AAPS Adult Education serves more than 400 students each year in four programs: English as a Second Language; GED; and high school completion for adults diploma program.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Ed ESL Program has more than 200 students in three locations: Pathways, Mallet’s Creek branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, and Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti. Classes meet during the day and at night.
Programs are for those ages 16 and up. It is not necessary to be a resident of Washtenaw County. All classes are free.