The Collin County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting a virtual job fair Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Though this chapter of the NAACP typically serves the cities of Collin County, one of the perks of doing things virtual is a wider reach. This job fair will connect local career opportunities with students and recent graduates from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) all over the country.
“We are focused on advocacy, one hundred percent. As a result of that, we saw an opportunity to utilize Paul Quinn College – a HBCU here locally – to put together a job fair for job opportunities,” shared Collin County NAACP President June Jenkins.
The intention behind this job fair lies in an effort by the Collin County NAACP to identify, attract and hire Black men and women into Collin County police departments and school districts.
“We wanted to figure out a solution to bring more people of color into our classrooms,” said June. “There is a lack of Black teachers, especially Black male teachers, in schoolrooms. A lot of studies show for young Black boys that a lack of a Black male teacher or a Black male role model in the school system directly impacts them in terms of discipline.”
In addition to employers from police departments and school districts within Collin County, there will also be representatives from State Farm, Sysco, Credit Union of Texas and more potential employers. Credit Union of Texas is the presenting sponsor, and thanks to a generous donation from the financial institution, Collin County NAACP is able to use a virtual platform that will help the experience feel more realistic.
“We’d love for students to sign up for this event. It won’t be your typical webinar format. You’ll feel like you’re sitting in an auditorium when there are speakers, and walking up to booths and talking to HR and talent acquisition professionals. It’ll be an experience in and of itself,” shared event chair Lisa Bethea.
“Having Lisa as the event chair, with her experience and expertise with events, convention services and tourism, has been a tremendous asset to the success of our inaugural event,” shared June.
Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Plano Police Chief Ed Drain and Paul Quinn College President Dr. Michael Sorrell will be the honorary hosts for the virtual job fair. Visit the link below for more information on how to participate.Virtual Job Fair >