Mayor Garcetti Kicks off 2017 LA Abilities Expo and Career Fair
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti kicked off the Abilities Career Fair at the Los Angeles Abilities Expo 2017, held Friday, March 24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Abilities Expo is a nationwide set of large-scale exhibitions focused entirely on the wide variety of services, products, advocacy and activities for the disability community. The City of Los Angeles Department on Disability partnered with the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles Workforce Development Boards to co-sponsor the very First Annual Job Fair portion of the event.

Jobseekers met with 28 employers, offering job openings in a variety of fields and positions. Mayor Garcetti introduced the guest speaker, Candace Cable, who spoke of the profound life-changing circumstances when she was first introduced to an Abilities Expo and the myriad of opportunities the event offers. Mayor Garcetti noted the career fair was a part of the City's workforce development strategy to focus on job seeker populations which are under-represented in the regional workforce. He thanked WDB Chair, Charles Woo, for the formation of the specific outreach efforts led through the WDB's Task Force on Under Represented Populations, and Jan Perry, General Manager of EWDD, encouraged all the attending job seekers to visit a local WorkSource Center/America's Job Centers of California and to visit the job search engine. Volunteers, including staff members from EWDD and the WorkSource Centers, assisted job seekers with mock job interviews, resume writing and employment search activities.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 3/27/2017. Read this issue and more.