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The Daily Plant : Wednesday, October 20, 2004

EMPLOYMENT ON THE HORIZON FOR JOB FAIR PARTICIPANTS


Forty companies, 600 job-training participants and tons of opportunity came together last Thursday at the seventh semi-annual job fair at the Chelsea Recreation Center in lower Manhattan. Parks & Recreation’s Parks Opportunity Program (POP) welcomed employers from various industries, who in turn gave Job Training Participants (JTPs) the opportunity to meet with them and discuss their skills.

"The POP job fairs allow the participants to focus on their job search, motivating them to continue to pursue many employment opportunities even after the event is over," said Chief of Parks Opportunity Program Jill Weber. "We loved the Chelsea Recreation Center venue and have gotten great feedback from the employers."

Several employers, including 1199 Union, Baruch College and Bath and Body Works, conducted interviews with participants on-site, a rare but exciting occasion at a first-round job fair.

Jill Weber, Deputy Commissioner for Management and Budget Robert Garafola, and Director of Employment Services Nora Ferguson were all in attendance. The event was a huge success thanks to the tireless efforts and preparations of POP participants and Chelsea Recreation Center Manager Micheal Cushing and staff.

Thursday’s POP job fair was the first ever to take place at the Chelsea Recreation Center, and the location proved to be an accommodating and professional setting for the event. The job fair began at 9:15 a.m., when employers set up and enjoyed breakfast. Participants arrived shortly thereafter at 10:00 a.m. and met with potential employers until 2:00 p.m. Coffee and donuts were provided for all 600 JTPs.

Other participating companies included ETJSP; Able Health Care; Alliance For Health; Blockbuster Inc.; Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Business Link; Community Options; EarnFair; LLC, Elimont, Inc.; Healthfirst; Hope Home Care Inc.; Kinkos; Lifespire, Inc.; Lucky Star Employment Agency; Marshalls; Michael C. Fina; New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; New York Presbyterian Hospital; New York State Department of Civil Service; Patient Care; People Care, Inc.; Premier Home Health Care Services; Primary Security Services, Inc.; Progressive Home Health Services; PSCH, Inc.; Selfhelp Community Services; Sephora; the New York Public Library; the Port Authority of NY & NJ; the Welfare to Work Partnership; Time Warner Cable; US Army - Civilian Personnel Advisory Center; Fort Hamilton; and Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc.

Now in its tenth year, the Parks Opportunity Program serves as the nation’s largest transitional employment program. With over 3,000 trainees in New York City’s parks, playgrounds and recreation centers, POP employees acquire transferable skills in various fields, including maintenance, security, horticulture, and customer service. Trainees also receive employment services and career counseling in preparation for work in the private sector. The six-month training program is New York City’s premier program and has placed thousands of participants into full-time, permanent positions since its inception in 1994.

Written by Carli Smith

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

Aldous Huxley
(1894-1963)

Park Information

Directions to Chelsea Recreation Center

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

Please be advised the gymnasium will be closed from Monday, October 22nd until Tuesday, October 30th due to our Annual Halloween special event "Hallowscream". Feel free to join us for the event, please see the recreation center from desk for more information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

Beginning on Monday, September 17, we will start to renovate and modernize the center’s pool and family locker rooms, as well as select restrooms, to enhance your overall facility and pool experience. Lower level bathrooms, family locker rooms and both men’s and women’s locker rooms will be closed beginning September 17, 2018 for approximately 18 months. The pool will be closed for maintenance and repairs beginning September 17, 2018 for a minimum of 12 weeks. While we will provide temporary lockers, locker space will be limited. It is important to note that programming schedules will be modified during this time. If you have additional questions, center management and facility staff can be reached at (212) 255-3705. We thank you in advance for your patience.

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