An estimated 170 local residents showed up to a Job Fair that was held Friday, June 14 at the Mexican Consulate on G Avenue.

The four-hour event, which was hosted by the Arizona@Work office, had 18 different vendors, several of which were from outside Cochise County. Five of the vendors were first time attendees.

Roberto Santana, Consul General of Mexico in Nogales, who for the past year has supervised the Douglas Consulate office and added this was his first event in Douglas, thanked everyone for attending the Job Fair and extended “a warm welcome to the house of Mexico, the house of Mexicans and the house of the friends of Mexico.”

“I tell you all the United States is the best friend of Mexico,” he said. “I am very happy for that because we always work together. It is my pleasure to welcome you. We have in attendance here today the best local agencies to offer a chance to our youth to get a job. Thank you to all the agencies for the splendid work you do. I know we all get paid to do our job but the people here today are here because they perform their job from their heart. Each of you do your job for the community of Douglas and our youth.”

Santana made a point to acknowledge Anna Luna, lead career advisor at Arizona@Work; Cornelia Munoz, workforce specialist; Norma Galindo, talent development specialist; and Eric Grisham, business service representative.

“These people continually work to strive to make the community a better place for our job seekers and for working to make people,” he said.

Afterwards Luna stated she was very pleased with the turnout.

“We had a lot of younger people today, a lot more than we have had in the past,” she said.

Munoz said many people had a hand in this Job Fair and wanted to thank Alexis Moreno and the amazing staff of the Mexican Consulate in Douglas for always assisting Arizona@Work with the annual Job Fair.

“These two agencies have developed a close working relationship and friendship throughout the years,” she said. “We know we can always count on their support as the consulate never turn us away. Thank you to Cochise Community College for their continued support as well as Raul Hernandez of the Douglas Food Bank.”

Following the event the vendors were treated to a lunch provided by Chatitas.

The vendors who participated at the Job Fair were: Pima County Sheriff’s Office; the Douglas Unified School District, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. PPEP Inc., Proscribe, LLC; U.S. Census Bureau, University of Arizona Douglas, AIRES, LLC, Fiesta Canning, City of Douglas, CSL Plasma, Oro Valley AG Services, Arizona@Work and Rescare, DERS Veteran’s Services, ACT Call Center, Nature Sweet, Arizona Department of Corrections, the Mexican Consulate and VOC Rehab and DERS Employment Services.

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