First-ever Diversity Career and Job Fair Hailed a Success

Posted: April 10, 2014

Dversity Career FairThe first-ever Diversity Career and Job Fair held April 1 at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) was hugely successful, attracting more than 1,300 job seekers, 20 community resources, several Chambers of Commerce and 60 employers from a broad range of industries.

MHCC’s annual spring career fair – renamed and re-focused this year as the Diversity Career and Job Fair – is the largest such event in east Multnomah County. It provides opportunities for career exploration, networking with local businesses and connecting with community resources.

“Job seekers were pleased with this year’s turnout of employers from diverse industries and the new focus of the fair, highlighting their diverse skills and backgrounds,” says Bhaktirose Dawdy, one of the event organizers. Employers were also impressed. They came from advanced manufacturing, healthcare, business/information technology, hospitality and tourism, government and other industries.

Thank You to Our Partners and Sponsors
MHCC presented the fair in partnership with WorkSource Portland Metro East and the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by Verizon, which offers tuition reimbursement benefits for completion of college coursework and increased pay for bilingual employees. Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), the workshop sponsor, offered training in “Maximizing the appeal of your personal brand: Strategies and tools for the OHSU application process.” Oregon Department of Forestry also offered a workshop on how to apply for state jobs.

Employer Appreciation Breakfast
The MHCC Employer Partnership Committee and the Mt. Hood Career-Technical Education (CTE) Regional Alliance held an employer appreciation breakfast the morning of the fair. Employers had an opportunity to learn about MHCC Veteran Services and the Diversity Resource Center. Debbie Derr, MHCC president, spoke about how businesses can collaborate and partner with the college to prepare tomorrow’s workforce. She reminded the audience that company partnerships are one of the most valuable ways the college serves the community.

Diversity Career Fair

Photos of both events are available in photo albums on the college’s official Facebook page.

Diversity Career FairFor more information about sponsoring or participating in next year’s Diversity Career and Job Fair as a job seeker or employer, please visit and/or contact Bhaktirose Dawdy, career and academic group advising coordinator, at 503-491-7526 or at

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