Job fair focuses on former criminal offenders

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Wichita Workforce Center is hosting the "Fair Chance Job Fair" on Thursday afternoon.

The fair focuses on connecting employers with job seekers that have a criminal background but also have skills and need a chance to get their lives turned around.

"Very thankful because I believe that everybody deserves a second chance," said Nyrita Corner, job seeker. "Everybody makes mistakes. I'm reformed from that. I'm a better person looking for an opportunity."

The Workforce Centers have partnered with other local organizations to host second chance job fair, but this is the first time they have sponsored an event specifically targeting ex-offenders.

"With the unemployment rate at an all-time low, there is a need for employers to tap into an alternative labor pool to meet business demands," said Keith Lawing, president of the Workforce Alliance, in a news release. 

He added, "There are people with skillsets that employers are looking for who just need a second chance."

The "Fair Chance Job Fair" will be held on Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Wichita Workforce Center, 2021 North Amidon, Suite 1100 (southwest corner of 21st Street and Amidon). 

  • The following employers will be at the job fair:
  • American Directions
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • BurgerFi
  • CMW LLC
  • Creekstone Farms
  • Dollar Tree
  • Elite Staffing Solutions
  • Great Lakes Polymer
  • Koch Ag & Energy Solutions
  • Koch-Glitsch
  • LGC Associates
  • Packers Sanitation Services
  • Starkey, Inc.
  • TECT Aerospace

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