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September 22, 2017

Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) and the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) will host the First Annual JOBCON on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 9am to 1pm at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center located in downtown El Paso.  The media is invited to cover this event.  Ideal times for coverage will be from 10-11am.  

Geared towards EPISD High School freshman and sophomores, over 1,000 youth will witness first-hand what careers offer by actual workers from local employers. Participating companies were prescreened and provided with clear instructions to ensure exhibits are not only interactive but performed by actual professionals working in their trade.

The Post-Millennials Generation Z is a workforce with unique and challenging expectations when it comes to their future and their careers.  According to Forbes Magazine’s article titled “Make Way for Generation Z”, this growing workforce demographic offers exciting new habits such as advanced skills and comfort with technology.  Generation Z’ers crave excitement from the work they do, they have an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit, and they are comfortable accepting change and new ideas.

“By offering a different perspective to the traditional career fair, attendees will be able to hear directly from the professional already doing working on the job.  This will help students form an opinion and determine if it’s a career they want to pursue or not,” said Leila Melendez, Chief Operating Officer for Workforce Solutions Borderplex.

Along with career exploration, Workforce Solutions Borderplex is introducing the model of Strengths, Interests and Values in which students can relate themselves to the common workplace cultures companies offer.  Participating students and employers completed pre-event surveys to help identify common strengths, interests and values while comingling at the upcoming event.

JOBCON is part of the Texas Workforce Commission “Texas Industries Week.” To view the list of companies participating, please visit: