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March 12, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – On Thursday, March 15, 2012, Jefferson Houses Jobs Plus, in collaboration with Manhattan Community Board 11, the East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, LULAC-NY and other partners, will present the first “Get Connected East Harlem Job and Career Fair”.

The job and career fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Draper Hall at the Metropolitan Hospital Center, 1918 First Avenue (East 99th Street) in Manhattan.

Through its Jobs-Plus initiative, the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Hostos has played a major role in building East Harlem/El Barrio in recent years. The current economic crisis has had a severe impact on this community,in whichthe unemployment rate— an estimated 16%—is nearly twice that of the rest of New York City (8.7%).

Jobs-Plus Director Corwin L. Spivey has stated: “Hostos Community College’s Jobs-Plus Program is a channel for East Harlem residents to obtain employment in today's tough job market. This is the first job fair to take place in East Harlem, and we are hoping to make it an annual event where we can connect qualified and experienced individuals with employers who need to fill vacant positions. The jobs are out there, and so is the talent; and here at Jobs-Plus, we know many of them.”

The “Get Connected East Harlem Job and Career Fair” and Jobs-Plus are supported by the following: Matthew Washington, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 11; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito; New York City Councilwoman Inez Dickens; State Assemblyman Robert J. Rodríguez; and New York State Senator José M. Serrano.

Representatives from the following institutions, organizations, and companies will be attending this event: Mount Sinai Hospital; Artimus Construction LLC; Gilbane | McKissack; Wells Fargo; Hot Bread Kitchen; Harlem RBI; Union Settlement Association; Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; CORO NY, Renaissance Economic Development Corporation; Axion LLC; MTA/NYC Transit/Metro North Railroad; NYS Laborers Organizing Fund; NYC SBS, Harlem 125th Street Workforce 1 Center; El Barrio’s Operation Fightback; Strive; Champion Learning, and Metropolitan Hospital Center.

For a complete list of employers and to register for the fair, please visit: www.ehbcc.org/jobfair.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2012 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097

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