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The AFRO American Newspapers - 2014 Diversity in Careers and Education Expo

Diversity in Careers and Education Expo A publication of the Afro-American Newspapers The Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper 2519 N. Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21218 (410) 554-8200 The Washington Afro-American Newspaper 1917 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20002 (202) 332-0080 John J. Oliver Jr. Chairman/Publisher Director of Advertising Lenora Howze Editorial Zenitha Prince Design JaZette Marshburn Denise Dorsey

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Hello, The AFRO American Newspapers is proud to present its first Diversity in Careers and Education Expo. As the leading source of news and information for the Black community for over 120 years, the AFRO is committed to finding unique ways to connect the community with opportunities for positive change. Although, as last week reported in the AFRO, the Black unemployment rate is on the decline; we still have a long way to go before the diversity of the workforce reaches a level of equal inclusiveness. The Expo’s participating employers realize this and on Tuesday, will be looking to identify and even hire from the talented and diverse pool of candidates expected to attend the Careers and Education Expo. This Expo will also give those who want to further their education or even change careers, a way to meet with educational and training institutions to discuss enrollment opportunities. Career training workshops will be conducted onsite by ADP and the U.S. Secret Service. Everything is free and open to the public. So whether you’re looking for a job or a way to give yourself a competitive edge, we hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, June 24th at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. In the meantime, polish up your resume’, pull out your best business suit, and get ready for what might be the beginning of a brand new career and opportunity. Wishing you gratifying success,

Jake Oliver

Publisher/CEO, The AFRO American Newspapers

The AFRO American Newspapers - 2014 Diversity in Careers and Education Expo

AFRO’s Career and Education Expo Offers Helping Hand to Underserved Communities By Zenitha Prince Senior AFRO Correspondent


rea residents seeking to boost their economic prospects are invited to attend the AFRO American Newspapers’ Career and Education expo at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in downtown Baltimore June 24 “As both a career and education expo, this event is not just for job seekers but also for those looking to further their education or perhaps even learn a new trade,” said the AFRO’s Director of Advertising Lenora Howze.  The jobs and education fair was organized in recognition of the persistent jobs vacuum that exists within Black communities in

Baltimore, the tri-state area and beyond. The Great Recession of 2007-2009 took a heavy toll on the U.S. workforce and disproportionately so on African-American workers, experts said. “Unemployment skyrocketed during the recession” and Blacks had the highest jobless rates, said Valerie Wilson, director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Black unemployment rate rose steadily from 8.3 percent in 2007 to 10.1 percent in 2008, 14.8 percent in 2009 and topped off at 16 percent in 2010. Since then, as hundreds of thousands of jobs were created, jobless rates have been Continued on Page 6

Please Be Sure to Visit the Following Employers, Educators, and Training Institutions:

- The AFRO - Allstate Careers - American Health Career Institute - BGE - Baltimore City Community College - The Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce - The Baltimore City Police Department - Community College of Baltimore County - MTA - Maryland Department of Public Safety - Morgan State University, MBA Program - Radio One - Shoe City - TESST College - United States Secret Service

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At the AFRO’s Career and Education Expo, attendees will have the chance to attend workshops, garner information and participate in on-site interviews with private, state and federal employers. The AFRO American Newspapers - 2014 Diversity in Careers and Education Expo

- University of Maryland College Park …And MORE 3

CAREER AND EDUCATION EXPO WORKSHOPS The following FREE workshops will be conducted at the event 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. “Secret Service Employment Opportunities, from A to Z” Presented by the United States Secret Service. Topics to be covered include: • The qualifications one needs to possess to work for the U.S. Secret Service

• Training standards for law enforcement positions

• How to apply for a federal position via USAjobs

• Avoiding barriers that will eliminate your chances of being hired with the U.S. Secret Service

• The application process for an applicant

• Student opportunities

11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. “Acing the Interview” Presented by ADP

Topics to be covered include: • Your Personal Brand: How do you define yourself • Preparing for your Interview: Research the players, in a single word or concept? the company, and align your talk-track to the position • Business and Social Networking: The importance of reciprocal relationships and how to leverage • Offer/No Offer – Now What? Next steps after your network during your career search getting the offer, and tips on how to move forward • Career Lattice versus Ladder: Why it’s smart to consider opportunities that may not be traditionally considered the “next step” in your career A 4

if you don’t get the offer

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United States Secret Service

We are seeking qualified individuals with diverse skills and backgrounds who are interested in a challenging career with our federal law enforcement agency. Now Hiring for Special Agents, Uniformed Division Officers, Administrative, Professional and Technical Positions.

Find out more at or call us at 866-909-9785 Equal Opportunity Employer • TTY: 202-406-5390

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decreasing for all groups, but less so for African Americans, who continued to see double-digit unemployment rates from 15.8 percent in 2011, to 13.8 percent in 2012 and 13.1 percent in 2013. The disparities in unemployment rates is nothing new but it has grown since 2007, Wilson said. “That is something we’ve seen throughout history since these statistics began being collected by race,” she said. “Typically, the Black unemployment rate is twice that of the White unemployment rate.” For example, in May 2014, only 5.4 percent of Whites were unemployed compared to 11.5 percent of Blacks. And overall, the African-American unemployment rate remains 3.3 percentage points higher than the 2007 average while the White unemployment rate is just 1.2 percentage points higher than in 2007. Underemployment figures bear the disparity out. The National Urban League, in its 2014 annual State of Black America report called “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” found that the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, compared to 18.4 percent for Hispanic workers and 11.8 percent for White workers. “Many Americans are being left behind and that includes African-Americans Continued on Page 8

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Unemployment trends for African Americans 16 years and over

Year 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

Annual Percentage 3.1 percent 13.8 percent 15.8 percent 16.0 percent 14.8 percent 10.1 percent 8.3 percent 8.9 percent 10.0 percent

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Founded in 1947, Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is a comprehensive, urban community college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College has a main campus in west Baltimore and satellite locations throughout the city. The Office of Human Resources is soliciting qualified candidates to apply for the following positions:

• Assistant Professor, English • Building Security Officer • Manager of Non-Credit Healthcare • Procurement Specialist II • Vice President, Business & Finance • IT Security Analyst • Adjunct Faculty

For more detailed information about these positions, please visit the site and click Search BCCC Jobs! “Changing Lives . . . Building Communities”

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The Community College of Baltimore County Great Jobs. Great Benefits. Great Place to Grow.

The Community College of Baltimore County has a rich tradition of providing undergraduate education,workforce development, technology training and life enrichment in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Our graduates, many on scholarship, go on to attend some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities. CCBC is the college of choice for over 70,000 students and 200 businesses each year – all with unique goals, strengths and requirements. By offering a holistic learning environment that is both accepting and challenging, we meet students where they are and take them where they want to go. Benefits: CCBC offers an excellent benefits package. For details, please visit CCBC is accepting applications for the following positions: 1. Faculty 2. Administrative/Professional 3. Classified 4. Adjunct Faculty 5. Part Time Associates

TO APPLY, PLEASE VISIT HTTP://AGENCY.GOVERNMENTJOBS.COM/CCBCMD/DEFAULT.CFM EEO/AA Employer All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status


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and Latinos who are being disproportionately left behind by the job creation that we see,” NUL President Marc Morial said. Economists have posited several possible reasons for the disparities faced by Blacks in the labor market, including workplace discrimination, lower education attainment rates, overconcentration in occupations with high levels of unemployment, greater concentration in urban areas where job opportunities may be relatively limited and lower social capital. “The way people get connected to jobs is through informal networks,” Wilson said. “[But] if you’re in a community where the people you know are also unemployed then your access to getting jobs that way is limited.” The AFRO’s Diversity in Careers and Education Expo attempts to address many of those concerns, Howze said. “It is the responsibility of the Black media to provide unique ways to educate and enhance the lives of our community,” she said. “[And] this Career and Education Expo is an AFRO initiative designed to help diversify the workforce and to provide educational and training Continued on Page 10

Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Financed by toll revenue, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) was established in 1971 by the Maryland General Assembly to finance, construct, operate, preserve and improve the State’s toll facilities. For more than 40 years, the MDTA has provided Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe, secure and convenient transportation facilities. To learn more about how you can become a member of our team, visit

and click on “Employment Opportunities.”

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Morgan State University MBA Program

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opportunities to those seeking them.” A variety of educational institutions will be involved in the expo. Morgan State University, American Health Care Institute, TESST College of Technology and others will be available to discuss academic and trade learning opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops, garner information and participate in on-site interviews with private, state and federal employers, such as Radio One, Allstate the U.S. Secret Service, the Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., and many others. Some companies have a variety of open positions for which fair participants can apply. For example, MTA is looking to fill positions from bus repairman, who can earn a wage from $16.85 - $27.63 hourly; to deputy

director of engineering with a potential companies, who can take back consumer earning of $72,168.00 - $115,879.00 questions and feedback back to their annually. headquarters for assessment and, in the “Even if don’t walk away with a job you case of an expo like the AFRO’s, offers can walk away with more tools to make yourself more “Career fairs are a good opportunity employable,” said Ammanuel Moore, economic development for job-seekers to network. It a good manager for BGE, who is way to sharpen competitiveness and sponsoring the fair. make sure you are hire-worthy.” Such events can be good Ammanuel Moore opportunities to garner Economic Development Manager for BGE information on job trends, the spectrum of career paths, potential employers and more. opportunities to diversity their workforce. “Career fairs are a good opportunity for “Diversity is one of our core values so job-seekers to network,” Moore said. “It a we welcome opportunities to expand our good way to sharpen competitiveness and presence into communities and to support make sure you are hire-worthy.” diversity initiatives such as this one,” Moore And it also presents benefits for said.



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MARYLAND NEEDS YOU Are you looking for a career in criminal justice that offers rewarding challenges, excellent benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, sick, military leave, 20 year service retirement with credit for military time, free transportation on MD MTA, and numerous promotional opportunities? If you are 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED, you could be hired at one of our facilities in Maryland.

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ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Representatives needed ACCOUNT for the AFRO-American Newspapers

Position provides:


Candidates should be:

• Competitive compensation package • Self starters Entry-Level Advertising Sales Rep •Money motivated • Salary and commission plan • Goal-oriented •Experienced in online/digital sales needed for the AFRO-American • Full benefits after trial period • Confident in ability to build strong territory Newspapers, Baltimore, M.D. sales experience preferred • Opportunity for fast track advancement • Previous

Position provides: Independent Sales Consultants Also Welcome

• •Extremely Competitive compensation package •Flexible schedule competitive commission-based compensation • Salary and commission plan •Expense reimbursements (for selected expenses) •Eligible for sales contests & awards • Full benefits after trial period Opportunity for fast track Please• email your resume to: advancement Or mail to: Afro-American Newspapers

Diane W. Hocker • Director of Human Resources Candidates should possess: 2519 N. Charles Street • Baltimore, MD 21218 • Good typing/data entry skills The AFRO American Newspapers - 2014 Diversity in Careers Education Expo • and Excellent customer service skills • Previous telephone sales experience • Excellent written and verbal


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