Career Fair Provides New Pathways for Success


Kyle Knox 

Gila River Indian News


Friday, Oct. 27, over a hundred participants gathered in Sacaton for the 29th Annual Career Fair hosted by the Gila River Employment & Training Dept. The organizer brought over 30 local employers, unions, and schools that regularly work with Employment & Training’s clients to showcase all the opportunities for the potential workforce and offer information on their services. 


“After being here for 18 years, these fairs are always successful and I hope more of our clients come out each year and take advantage of all the opportunities available,” said Eulonda Martinez, Adult Program Supervisor. “What today is really about is finding opportunities for people and helping them to become work ready and self-sufficient.”  


For anyone looking to expand their career horizons, the Gila River Employment & Training Dept. remains one of the best resources for job placement, training opportunities, and more. This annual fair allows everyone to find what opportunities await them through the diverse partners present that day.


This year’s fair also featured a motivational address from Warriors Code, Inc. CEO Dr. Anthony Newkirk, a client success story by Jose Munoz, a business attire fashion show, and a basket dance performance by the Keli Akimel Dancers.


“It was a great turnout, thank you to everyone for coming out. Employment and Training are here throughout the year, so if there’s anything we can do to help you, please come see us; we’re here for you,” said Antoinette Speers, Employment & Training Director Mentee. Speers advocated for everyone to learn as much as they can about the employers present and to also utilize the Employment & Training services that can provide life skills and job readiness training in addition to job placements in the Community.


Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis shared remarks before lunch and applauded the continued efforts of the Employment and Training. “For 29 years, we’ve been using this event to find employment for our Community members; it’s amazing to see so many people out here today,” said Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis. Gov. Lewis alluded to the ongoing and upcoming projects requiring a construction-ready workforce and encouraged participants to consider trade schools and unions. 


Lt. Gov. Monica Antone also shared encouragement for those in attendance interested in finding employment. “After COVID-19, we know how important it was for our Community to find work again, so it’s great to see this fair continue for you all. Know that we support you all and hope you can find something here today,” said Lt. Gov. Antone.