STERLING, VA (May 23, 2018): More than 300 people in search of employment and career advancement, recruiters and volunteers participated in the recent Spring Job Fair facilitated by the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center in partnership with Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines. Representatives from 60 local employers—ranging from hotels/hospitality, food service, construction and transportation to IT, financial services, retail and nonprofit organizations—were on hand to fill open positions. “We were thrilled with the turn-out,” said one recruiter. “This job fair keeps getting bigger and bigger, and it has become a great source for quality employees.”
In fact, the event had to be moved to the Claude Moore Recreation and Community Center to accommodate the large crowd. “I am pleased to work with INMED Opportunity Center to offer this community event and help residents gain employment closer to home,” said Supervisor Saines.
Special thanks to Loudoun County Public Library and Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services for supporting this free community outreach event. For more information about the Fall Job Fair, please visit https://opportunitycenter.org or https://www.loudoun.gov/sterling.
In addition to helping Loudoun residents find gainful employment, INMED inspired and awed future scientists at its first Mini Science Expo at the Family & Youth Opportunity Center. Volunteers from local technology firms and STEM-focused organizations wowed the crowd of children and their parents with a variety of hands-on activities, including Samsung 3D virtual goggle adventures by Talentline; a desktop flight simulator and wooden airplane assembly by Rockwell Collins; a slime piano and sound wave tube from the Children’s Science Center Lab; dry ice experiments and lava lamp making by SciGenius; 3D scanning and printing by The YouthQuest Foundation; electronic circuit, windmill and fuel cell demonstrations by Nova Enrichment Academy; creative coding activities by Sterling Public Library, and LEGO® robot building kits by YMCA Loudoun County.
The event also showcased INMED’s STEAM-focused programs for at-risk children and summer learning camps to prepare today’s youth to succeed in the 21st century. “Inspiring children and narrowing opportunity gaps are two key goals of INMED’s Opportunity Center,” said Cecilia Capece, Executive Director. “When children don’t want to leave our center because they wish to stay and learn more, we know we have done our job well. We are also thankful for the participation and support of our local business and community partners to make these outreach events possible.”
For more information about INMED’s summer camps and programs for low-income families, visit https://opportunitycenter.us.