Doris Watkins, left, of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, discusses employment opportunities with Gladys Piper, community affairs specialist with the Illinois State Treasurer’s office during the Second Chance job fair put on by Triton College. (Eric P. Davis/Pioneer Press)

Embracing a 'second chance' at Triton job fair

By: Rachel Hindery

Reprinted with permission. Courtesy Pioneer Press

Doris Watkins, of Chicago, said she came to Triton College on June 15 hoping to find a position that would utilize her clerical skills, honed through years of volunteering.

"It's so important to give people a second chance, because people change and situations change," Watkins said.

Approximately 70 employers and 150 applicants attended Triton's "Second Chance Job Fair." A Triton news release had indicated the event was "designed to help people overcome their past mistakes and take steps toward a prosperous future."

Rich Williams, Triton's director of career services, provided attendee numbers based on people who contacted the college in advance. Williams also shared Triton's motivation in hosting the job fair.

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