This spring The Help Group’s Bridgeport Vocational Education Center hosted an exciting and informative Career Fair on its Van Nuys Campus. Students from both the Van Nuys and Culver City Campuses were professionally dressed to impress and ready with their resumes and questions.

The Vocational Education Center was pleased to host The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®,  Walgreens, Los Angeles Public Library, Dollar Tree, Spinfinity, Fresh and Easy, Best Buy and Ecolab. Enthusiastic students visited each table and had a chance to pick up applications and learn more about the requirements for available positions.  In addition, representatives from the Employment Development Department provided advice to students on different resources available and how to apply for jobs.

After the fair, student Matthew observed, “The Career Fair this year was very busy. There were so many companies to meet. I’m glad I had enough resumes printed so I could hand them all out.” Student Andrew shared, “I was able to get information from companies I have been interested in, and it was fun to learn about new companies like EcoLab.”

Hector Herrera attended the Career Fair as a representative of California State Senator Alex Padilla’s office, where students from the Vocational Education Center have been interning for the past two years.  Mr. Herrera echoed the sentiments of all the participating employers, “This Career Fair was a really positive experience for the Senator’s office – I have never met so many young men and women who are eager to work, happy to get out into the work force and contribute to their communities.”

“Thanks to all of the Career Fair participants for their attendance today and for helping young adults with special needs continue on the path to brighter futures,” said Ngan Mork, Bridgeport Vocational Education Center Assistant Principal. “And thanks to Career Counselor Heather Perrier for making this year’s fair such a success!”

Bridgeport Vocational Education Center is a unique learning environment for young adults with special needs ages 18 to 22 where they can develop and master the critical skills necessary for a successful transition from school to adult independence. A comprehensive curriculum provides instruction in core academics, as well as practice in vocational skills in real-life settings. To find out more about the program or to take a tour, please contact The Help Group’s Admissions Office.

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