February 14, 2012 

I am cosponsoring a job fair with Nevada Health Centers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow office, located at 1931 Stella Lake Drive in Enterprise Park. The open positions are for the new Nevada Health Centers building nearing completion in Enterprise Park in Ward 5.

Applications can be printed from the Nevada Health Centers' website. Bring completed applications to the job fair.

Turn in applications and be interviewed for the following new positions:

  • Medical Assistant - Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent, CPR or Basic Life Support certification, and certification of completion of a medical assistant program.
  • Front Office Clerk - Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent and two years of medical/dental office experience.
  • Medical Records Clerk - Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • OB/GYN Scheduler - Requires high school diploma or GED equivalent, two years experience and must speak Spanish and English.
  • Registered Nurse - Requires degree from accredited school of nursing, must be licensed as a registered nurse in the State of Nevada and three to five years of clinical experience.

In addition, representatives from the Nevada Career Institute and Kaplan College are scheduled to be at the job fair sharing information about the training that they offer in medical career fields.

Enterprise Park is a 75-acre, mixed-use business park master-planned by the city of Las Vegas. The business park is located west of Martin Luther King Boulevard, between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. For more information about the job fair, visit my Web page.  

With summer quickly approaching, I want to share some great information that pertains to our youth, higher education, scholarships and internships, and even job opportunities.  I highly encourage everyone to expose our youth to as many opportunities as possible!

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., offers the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) for the summer. More information and applications are available now online (Vacancy Announcement Number: NRCS-DC-12-STEP-1); the application period closes Feb. 17. To apply, go online to the USDA website and click on "Employment Opportunities" under the "Popular Topics" menu. Click on "Internship Opportunities."  Before applying, review the Application Guide, a link located under the "Internship Programs" heading. After reviewing the Application Guide and creating your ID and password, click on "Apply Here," log in, click "Apply Now," and search each agency's internship postings. Follow the agency specific application instructions and apply.

Join me for coffee and conversation on Thursday, March 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Starbucks, located at 751 N. Rancho Drive at Bonanza Road. Let's discuss our vision for Ward 5 and what we can do together to achieve those goals. This is a great way to talk with me about exciting events I am planning for the remainder of the year and for early next year! There are so many ways to be involved with our community, so join me for a cup of coffee or tea – on me! 

Founded in 1996, the Summer Business Institute represents a collaborative effort between the Clark County Human Resources Department, Clark County School District, UNLV and the local business community. The focus of the program is to give youth opportunities to experience a corporate environment from working inside. The Summer Business Institute features an eight-week internship, which includes business mentoring, life skills training, financial management and a civic engagement project. For more information and the application, go onlineApplications are due by March 9. Call 455-2426 for more information. 
Latino Townhall & College of Southern Nevada will present the 2012 Workforce Leadership Summit & Job Fair for youth ages 16-23 Friday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Southern Nevada, Charleston Campus, Building K. Latino Townhall currently is seeking 100 high school students ages 16-18 and 100 college students ages 19-23 to attend the free event.  Students MUST register by filling out the form available online at http://latinotownhall.com/ and sending it to the address on the form by March 15.  Seating is limited.

The intent and purpose is to prepare youth for workforce readiness.  Students will have access to many job fair booths with a potential for hire. Topics to be covered are:

  • S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
  • Cover letter writing
  • Resume building
  • Best Job Interview Practices
  • Dress for Success
  • Building Social (Capital) Networks!

For more information, call (702) 287-1859 or e-mail to latinotownhall@gmail.com.

Las Vegas students in eighth through 12th grades and their parents or guardians are invited to Doolittle Community Center Saturday, March 17, for the free Higher Education Information Fair & Workshops. Representatives from regional colleges, universities, military and trade schools will be available to discuss preparing middle- and high-school students for the future. From 9 a.m. to noon, participants will be offered 45-minute workshops on these topics:

  • Testing & Admissions;
  • Financial Aid;
  • Academic Advising; and
  • College Life.

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. at the center March 17.

Advance registration is requested, but walk-ins will be welcomed until the event is full. To register in advance, download the registration form. Submit the completed registration form by March 14 via fax at 646-4137, by e-mail to ldickens@lasvegsnevada.gov, or by mail/in person at the Doolittle Community Center, located at 1950 N. J St., Las Vegas, NV 89106. For more information, call 229-6374.

The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas and Batteries Included, a youth development program. For more information on Batteries Included, go online to the program's Web page or call the city of Las Vegas Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department at 229-2330.

For a listing of more student scholarship opportunities, download this file.

Let's Move! was launched Feb. 9, 2010, and in the past two years, significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community leaders, faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation's children. First Lady Michelle Obama has started a tour to celebrate the second anniversary of the initiative. On her trip she will meet with some of the many local leaders who have embraced the principles of Let's Move! and are making a difference in the lives of children.

President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair last week, where he welcomed young innovators and announced more initiatives to promote science, technology, engineering and math education.  Go online to learn more.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for a new Veterans Job Corps initiative to help our returning veterans find pathways to civilian employment. On Friday, President Obama called for three new initiatives to help veterans build the lives they deserve:

  • Help for State and Local Communities to Hire Veterans - The Obama administration will make available $166 million in 2012 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Grant funding and $320 million in 2012 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants and award that money with a preference to communities that recruit and hire post-9/11 veterans. The President's budget for the 2013 fiscal year will include additional $5 billion for these grant programs.
  • Develop Veterans Job Corps - The President will propose $1 billion to develop a Veterans Job Corps conservation program that will put up to 20,000 veterans back to work over the next five years protecting and rebuilding America.
  • Expand Entrepreneurship Opportunities - The President will propose an expansion of entrepreneurship training opportunities for separating service members and veterans.

Read more about the veterans proposals online.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis joined hundreds of local officials from across the country last week to talk about Summer Jobs+, a new call-to-action for businesses, non-profits, and government to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012. Secretary Solis asked each participant to help expand opportunities for youth employment:

  • Encourage local partners to join Summer Jobs+. Local companies that have made or are interested in making summer youth job commitments can register their commitment on www.dol.gov/summerjobs and link their job announcements to the Summer Jobs+ Job Bank, making it easier for youth to get more information and apply for the opportunities.
  •  Host a Summer Jobs+ Fair. Cities and communities can co-host a Summer Jobs+ Fair which can bring together Summer Jobs+ employers with other local employers from your city to directly connect young people to these employment opportunities.
  • Talk about the importance of providing opportunities for youth at public events or write a Summer Jobs+ blog post.
    Check out the Summer Jobs+ website, where you can find the list of companies who have committed to provide youth opportunities and download a toolkit for connecting youth and business.

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