Job fairs held to offer opportunities for vets

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There were multiple job fairs held across western Massachusetts Monday for men and women who have served our country. Employers 22News spoke with said it’s about providing opportunities to those who have protected them.

At the Castle of Knights in Chicopee, there were more than 200 job leads made available to veterans, from some 30 different businesses.  While the opportunity is meant for veterans, it also gives potential employers a look at well-trained and committed individuals that have proven their skills in the service.

Col. Al Lupenski, the commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, told 22News that he was happy to see so many employers there.

“This is a great opportunity to support our veterans. I mean let’s face it; these guys go out and do a lot of stuff.  They deploy, they’re in harms way, then they come back and sometimes it’s hard to find a job. And it’s great for these organizations to come out here and help these guys and gals to find much-needed employment sometimes,” Lupenski said.

Chicopee veteran Sean Connolly told 22News that he is looking for a new direction in his life.

“Well right now it’s about finding my next career. I did twenty years and I enjoyed that time and it was a good experience, but right now I’m trying to find what’s next that’s going to be enjoyable; something I wake up to and enjoy everyday,” Connolly said.

CareerPoint in Holyoke also offered a job fair for veterans Monday morning.

The following employers participated in the fair at the Castle of Knights:

  • MGM Springfield
  • Hasbro
  • Westover Civilian Personnel
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • City of Chicopee
  • Dave’s Truck Repair
  • Sunshine Village
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Big Y Foods
  • OMG, Inc.
  • West Mass Elder Care
  • MassMutual Financial
  • Prudential
  • Johnson & Hill Staffing Services
  • Franklin Hampshire Career Center
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Pioneer Valley Hotel Group
  • Associated Industries of Massachusetts
  • VA Central and Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons/FMC Devens
  • Performance Food Group
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • Venly, Inc.
  • Cowan Systems, LLC
  • Reliable Temps, Inc.
  • Spherion Staffing Services
  • Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Bob Pion Buick GMC
  • United Personnel

The following employers participated in the CareerPoint job fair:

  • Academic Behavioral Clinic
  • B&E Tools
  • Berkshire Bank
  • C&S Wholesale Grocers
  • Curtis Business Forms
  • Department of Elder Affairs, City of Springfield
  • Elite Logistic Services
  • FedEx
  • Griffin Staffing Network
  • L.E. Belcher
  • Lenox Tools
  • ParaTemps
  • Reliable Temps
  • Silverleaf Resorts
  • Smith College
  • Spherion Staffing
  • Tallgrass Talent Group
  • United Personnel

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