FRESNO, Calif. – Putting veterans to work in agriculture is the mission of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Datatech has learned that the rate of unemployed veterans continues to climb and the FVC is working hard to match vets with ag employers. With that aim, a Veteran Career Fair is scheduled this Wednesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union on the campus of California State University, Fresno.
“Veterans are looking for careers that are dynamic, lucrative and meaningful. Agriculture in California offers all three,” says FVC Executive Director Michael O’Gorman. “We want veterans to see the wide range of exciting career paths throughout our industry. And we want agricultural employers to see the skills, the work ethic and the strong personal character that veterans can bring to their operations.”
The event is perfect for job-seeking veterans who seek to link up with representatives from agricultural-related employers and government agencies. Employers representing growers, packers, shippers, farm equipment distributors, and more, will be on-hand to accept resumes and discuss career opportunities with their organizations. There are exciting career opportunities throughout California’s $47 billion agricultural industry.
The Farmer Veteran Coalition says that attendees will learn about well-paying employment prospects in both the public and private sector, support for their own farming ventures, and the schools and training programs that will prepare them for either employment or self-employment in agriculture.
Cory Lunde, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications at the Western Growers Association says, “Farmers and veterans share many of the same qualities, both are hard-working and equally dedicated to serving our country. On behalf of the farmers who grow more than half of the nation’s fresh produce, Western Growers supports the opportunity to connect our heroes on the battlefield with our heroes in the agricultural fields.”
If you’d like to attend this free event, bring lots of copies of your resume and be prepared to impress. For more information, call (530) 756-1395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.