Colleges to host job, veterans benefits fairs

Events will be held at Diné College in Shiprock and San Juan College in Farmington

Noel Lyn Smith
San Juan College

FARMINGTON — College students, veterans and community members will have the opportunity to attend two events next week that offer employment opportunities and veterans benefits information.

Diné College in Shiprock will have a college and career fair, and veterans job and benefits fair on Monday.

Esther Paul, student recruiter at the college, said 50 colleges, employers and organizations are scheduled to be at the event, which is open to the public.

Among the educational institutions scheduled to participate are Dixie State University and SAGU American Indian College, she said.

In terms of employment opportunities and public service work, participants can receive information from agencies such as the Navajo Police Department, the Farmington Police Department, the Central Consolidated School District, Raytheon and AmeriCorps.

"The whole point is to get people interested in colleges, careers and to help veterans," Paul said.

Personnel from the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services will attend and answer questions about benefits from the state and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Paul said this is the first time the college has worked with the veterans services department for an event this large.

The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday in the gymnasium at Diné College's north campus in Shiprock.

A similar event is taking place on Thursday, March 9 at San Juan College in Farmington.

Forty-two companies and businesses have registered for the job and veterans benefits awareness fair, according to the college's Career Center.

Also on site will be 13 support services for veterans, including personnel from the VA, the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services and several local organizations.

Veterans, National Guard and reserve members, and service members who are transitioning from active service to veteran status can find out about available VA and state veterans benefits, according to a press release from the state veterans services department.

The release states that interested veterans bring their DD-214, which is a military discharge document, to expedite the assistance process.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 9 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.