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SIUE East St. Louis Center to offer career fair for veterans

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center’s Veterans Upward Bound Program will host a fair for career and training opportunities for veterans in the region.

dixon jessie squareVetMATCH Career Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the SIUE East St. Louis Center, 601 James R. Thompson Blvd., Building D in East St. Louis.

“Veterans will be able to explore career options for higher wages, look into additional free eligible resources and learn about free training, certification and apprenticeship programs,” said Johanna Wharton, director of Workforce Development and Strategic Partnerships. “They will also be able to learn about free training, certification and apprenticeship programs.”

“The SIUE East St. Louis Center has been working with dozens of area employers and education partners to identify high-growth high-paying careers throughout the region,” said ESLC Executive Director Jesse Dixon (shown). “Our newly-launched Veterans Upward Bound program will connect veterans from both sides of the river to these transformative career pathways.”

Also during the career fair, veterans will be able to interview with employers and meet with representatives from local community colleges, colleges and universities. The event will include a live broadcast from iHeartRadio, free food and incentives for enrolling in Veterans Upward Bound.

For more information, contact Jeremy Bailey, Veterans Upward Bound coordinator, at (618) 847-6297 or

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound assists with vocational/technical and other post-secondary educational options.

• Inspiring veterans to seek higher education
• Preparing veterans to obtain higher education
• Assisting veterans to succeed in higher education

Veterans Upward Bound is a TRIO grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. With a focus on empowering people and strengthening communities, the SIUE East St. Louis Center is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals – from pre-school through adult – in the Metro East. Head Start/Early Head Start and a charter high school are among the programs that offer the community renewed hope and an opportunity to reach educational, career and life goals. The center also assigns first priority to encouraging, supporting and improving the educational success of the residents of East St. Louis and surrounding urban communities. The center provides programs, services and training in the areas of education, health, social services and the arts.

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