Aviation fair brings job seekers

Sponsors and supporters of the Council of Airport Opportunity (CAO) and Port Authority Job Fair, Thursday Aug 23nd at Queens Borough Hall. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, center, with (from left) Selvena-Brooks-Powers, Nantasha Williams, Shanel Thomas, Chris Rhodes of the Port Aurhority , Andrew Campbell of CAO, Hersh Parekh of the Governor Cuomos Office and Verdia Noel of CAO, greet the hundreds of job seekers who met with representatives of many aviation companies now hiring.
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The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, The Port Authority of NY&NJ and the Council for Airport Opportunity brought hundreds of aviation job seekers together at the Aviation Job Fair held in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center in Kew Gardens. Queens Borough Hall. President Katz welcomed job seekers and praised the work that the recruiters and supporters are doing in bringing awareness and jobs to her borough.

Some of the first in line for the opening of the Jobfair. David Arias, active Navy serviceman, Tyrone Gardner, security job seeker, and Shawrup Chaoudhery.
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Those interested in aviation careers ranged from recent college grads from Vaughn, and York colleges, to individuals who are currently employed but want a better opportunity, to high school grads who want greater economic growth, downsized older professionals and those who have moved from other states looking for good work.

Aviation High School grads in maintenance, Kevin Tung and Neteram Sumrah seek employment to help pay for their first year at Vaughn College in September.
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The job fair doesn’t stop at these events. The CAO had offices through the area. They are pleased to announce a closer relationship with Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. is a Queens, New York non-profit, multi-service organization of professionals providing a variety of comprehensive programs that serve all populations from preschool aged children to senior citizen.

Shamelie Rafik of ABM meets with job seekers Sultana OParvin and Peter Shawr at the CAO/Port Authority job fair.
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They will have an office there beginning in September and this is open on a regular basis to work with those looking for work in the air in the aviation world will participation with Community Boards one and three in the LaGuardia Airport area. Many airlines contribute annually to help fund the CAO in reaching out to those who are in areas that would benefit mostly from enhanced services in working to assist members of that community.

Wanda Mimms stops by Global Elite Security and is greeted by “trooper” Carolina Kerschman, 8 1/2 months pregnant, with Poonam Batra and Shanessa Grant at the CAO jobfair in Queens Borough office.
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More aviation related jobs have been shared by the recent JFK Redevelopment Plan forums in the Queens area. Program managers stress the need for MWBE contractors and urge businesses to become certified to be included in Port Authority and NYS opportunities.

Manuel Lourdi fill out personal information form for entry into the CAO job fair.
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Additional supporters of this event included Congressman Crowley, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry, Assembly member DenDekker, Council Member Francisso Moya, Assembly member Aravella Simotas, Council Member Costa Constantinides and Council Member Daniel Dromm along with aviation companies at Delta, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, Skanska, Walsh and Meridiam.

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