Annual Career Fair connects LatinX Millennials with companies in Dane County
Madison was buzzing with excitement as the Latino Academy Workforce Development’s Annual Career Fair. In partnership with Badger Prairie Needs Network, nestled at 1200 E. Verona Ave., Madison 53593. The fair took place on a delightful Thursday evening, the 15th of June, from three to seven o’clock. With great enthusiasm, more than thirty companies and industries eagerly showcased their demand for skilled professionals across diverse fields. More than 200 LatinX Millennials attended the event.
The primary objective of this grand affair was to foster meaningful connections between job seekers and employers from a wide spectrum of industries. From construction to banking, clinics to hotels, restaurants to factories, the fair catered to all employment aspirations.
To ensure effective communication between company representatives and the predominantly Latino community attendees, each industry booth was staffed by a bilingual duo, one fluent in Spanish and the other in English. This thoughtful arrangement facilitated seamless interactions and exchange of information throughout the event.
Baltazar de Anda, the esteemed Director Executive of the Latin Academy, expressed his elation, “The resounding success of this fair can be attributed to the remarkable participation of 32 companies and the overwhelming presence of job seekers, particularly from the Latino community. The Latin Academy of Dane County remains committed to providing opportunities to both companies in need of talented individuals and individuals seeking fulfilling employment. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to La Comunidad News Online for their outstanding coverage of this remarkable community event.”
Saul Castillo, the passionate Director of Outreach and Equity, shared his insight, “Greetings! I have the pleasure of serving with the Workers’ Organization (Babores) of Wisconsin, an association of construction worker unions dedicated to ensuring secure and fulfilling careers for all workers. We have a myriad of construction companies seeking skilled professionals, encompassing individuals of diverse backgrounds, including both Latino and non-Latino men and women. Our aim is to support those who aspire to embark on a construction career, whether experienced or not. For those without prior experience, we offer free apprenticeship programs that equip them with the necessary skills. All they need is to be 18 years or older and pass a basic reading and math assessment. And for those with experience, we encourage them to apply directly. We maintain an extensive list of local contractors, and whenever there is a demand for workers, we promptly connect them with these contractors.”
The Career Fair witnessed an impressive lineup of participating industries, each showcasing their unique opportunities. From Affordable Dental Care to Agrace, Arbor Green to BrightStarCare, Dane County to Daniels General Constructors, Dave Jones to First students, Hawkins, Inc. to Heritage Tile, EPIC to X-ES, Hard Surface Solutions to Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to LRS, MGE to Madison Kipp Corporation, Middleton Cross Plains to NCG Hospitality, Radisson Hotel Madison to SCHMIDTS Auto Inc., and Stevens Construction Corp. to The QTI Group. And that’s not all! UW HEALTH, Washington Mills Ceramic Corporation, LIUNA Wisconsin Laborers District Council, WP Beverages, Associated Bank, and several other esteemed industries wholeheartedly participated in this spectacular event, transforming it into an unforgettable celebration of career prospects.