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4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

VSC to host job boot camp, job fair for unemployed veterans

SOUTH AKRON — Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) will host its second Job Boot Camp for unemployed veterans.

The event began yesterday, April 10, and will conclude tomorrow, April 12. Each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will receive instruction on job search techniques and skills to assist them in their pursuit of employment. Highlights will include résumé building, skill assessment, soft skill training, mock interviews and more. An optional volunteer opportunity also will be available for Job Boot Camp participants April 13.

The VSC also will host its fourth annual Veteran Job and Career Fair April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., which will be open to all veterans and their dependents. Representatives from local employers will be on hand to speak with veterans about job openings. Representatives from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will assist as veterans will be coached on résumé tips and job search and interview skills and will be introduced to education options and various free online career development courses.

The following employers will be attending the Job Fair in pursuit of candidates to fill available positions within their organizations: ViaQuest Inc., Mancan Inc., Kenan Advantage Group Inc., Sterling Jewelers Inc., Select Staffing, United American Security, Ohio Department of Transportation District 4, Hattie Larlham, METRO RTA, Summa Health System and TLT Babcock Inc.

“Both the Boot Camp and the Job Fair are designed to aid unemployed veterans in finding work, hopefully locally,” said David Burden, project manager at the VSC. “We want to equip veterans with the tools they need to be competitive in today’s work force. The Job Boot Camp is a condensed version of the resources available to vets at the VSC all throughout the year.”

Although the Boot Camp is free and open to all unemployed, honorably discharged veterans, only serious applicants need apply, according to VSC officials, who added that the Boot Camp is designed to imitate a professional work environment, and tardiness and absenteeism will result in removal from the program.

Registration is required for the Job Boot Camp. To register, visit www.VSCsummitOH.us or call 330-643-2830. While walk-ins will be accepted at the Job Fair April 17, registrations are encouraged. Veterans may register in the same way they would for the Boot Camp, online or via phone.

Both events will take place at the VSC’s headquarters at 1060 E. Waterloo Road.


Reed is 2013 Sir Thomas More Award recipient

FAIRLAWN — Stark & Knoll attorney Orville Reed III, of West Akron, is the 2013 recipient of the Sir Thomas More Award.

Given in honor of the patron saint of lawyers, the award is presented by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and is part of the Akron Bar Association’s Law Week Celebration. The award is given annually in recognition of a member of the legal community who demonstrates outstanding personal integrity, professional excellence and community service.

According to firm officials, Reed, a lifelong resident of Akron, is known throughout the community and by his colleagues as a kind-hearted man with the highest ideals of his profession, faith and family.

A graduate of Borromeo Seminary College of Ohio and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Reed is an active member of St. Sebastian Parish in West Akron. He has served as a board member of the Summit County CYO and Walsh Jesuit High School and also as a member of the 2010 Capital Campaign Committee at Habitat for Humanity of Summit County. He has served as a coach in the West Akron Baseball League and as a coach and judge for Walsh Jesuit’s mock trial teams.

He is married to Kathy for more than 26 years, and they have five grown children.

In his professional life, Reed has been recognized by his colleagues with a Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating and was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as “Bet-the-Company Litigation, Lawyer of the Year” and by Ohio Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyers.” He is a charter fellow and past trustee of the Akron Bar Association Foundation, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Scanlon-Bell Inn of Court and was the 2009 recipient of the Akron Bar Association’s Professionalism Award.

Reed is the 37th recipient of the Sir Thomas More Award, which will be presented May 3 at the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland’s Red Mass at noon in St. Bernard-St. Mary’s Parish, 44 University Ave. in Downtown Akron. Bishop Richard Lennon will be the main celebrant. All are encouraged to attend.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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