FORT POLK, La. (Fort Polk Progress) - The Employment Readiness Program at Fort Polk, in partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is looking for more employers to help mentor military spouses during an upcoming networking event and a career expo.
The Career Expo will feature businesses looking to hire military spouses for full and part-time positions.
Military spouse employment has been identified as a military readiness issue, as it affects overall quality of life for military families. However, spouse employment is an area with room for improvement: A recent report commissioned by Blue Star Families found that military spouses face 18 percent unemployment, compared to the national average of about 4 percent, due to the unique challenges faced by military families.
Anne Causey, Executive Director of the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce said the region recognizes this is an important issue, and has been making meaningful steps to provide employment opportunities.
“Our Vernon Parish businesses are very appreciative of the talents and skills that our military spouses bring to the workplace,” Causey said. “Their experience and training are both strong assets that make them valuable and sought-after employees.”
Chance Lewis, on behalf of the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce, agreed.
“The Greater Beauregard Parish Chamber of Commerce and the broader Southwest Louisiana region recognize the essentiality of supporting our military community, particularly in taking intentional measures to provide and encourage employment opportunities among military spouses,” he said.
“An important concept to our organization is that of ‘family matters’; we recognize that the strength of the military community rests not on the soldier or command team alone, but strong military families better the functioning of our Armed Forces,” he said. “As such, it is our goal to encourage our business and corporate partners to provide employment opportunities to the military spouse and in doing so support our military, our soldiers, and their families.”
Fort Polk is proactively addressing this challenge with its upcoming events. Stacey Delgado, the Employment Readiness Program Manager, said more business leaders are needed to assist with the two events.
The networking event will take place on Oct. 30 at the Main ACS building on Fort Polk. During that event, spouses can practice speaking with business leaders, learn interview skills and get resume critiques. Professional attire vouchers are available for those who need them.
The Career Expo will take place on Nov. 2 at the Warrior Community Activity Center at Building 352 at 1321 Corps Road on Fort Polk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Businesses will be hiring for multiple positions during this event. Spouses looking for full or part-time work should come in professional attire and bring a resume along with them.
Business leaders who would like to volunteer for the events can email Stacey Delgado, the Employment Readiness Program Manager at Fort Polk, at Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send in the email the name of your business, a point of contact and their phone number and email address, and what jobs are they hiring. Spouses interested in participating in the event can find out more information can email Delgado as well.