Economic Development and Human Resources

Workforce agency producing Second Chance Job Fair

December 12, 2017
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West Michigan Works! job fair hiring event sign
The mission of West Michigan Works!, a workforce development agency, is to "strengthen employers by enhancing the local workforce." Photo via

A workforce development agency is hosting a job fair tomorrow to give those with past convictions a second chance.

West Michigan Works! will host its Second Chance Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at its southeast Grand Rapids service center, at 121 Franklin St. SE, inside the Kent County Human Services complex.

The job fair will feature West Michigan employers who will consider hiring those with employment difficulties due to criminal records.

Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!, said studies show “returning citizens” are less likely to re-offend if they are employed.

“Each year, thousands of individuals exit Michigan’s prison system,” Maas said. “Many of these returning citizens have a solid work ethic and skills that employers need.

“The job fair brings employers with critical hiring needs and individuals who face challenges to finding employment. If we can make even a few connections, it benefits the employer, the individual and our community.”

Participating employers include Butterball Farms, Herbruck’s, Lacks, Michigan Turkey, Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Rapid Line and Tooling Systems Group.

Entry-level and skilled positions are available.

The Holland nonprofit 70x7 Life Recovery will also be at the event to give attendees information about its counseling and support services.

While the event focuses on people with convictions, it is open to the public.

Job seekers are encouraged to bring many copies of their resume and dress for an interview.

More information is online.

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