Back to basic training

Gazette Photo: Erik Sandin. Washington County Veterans Services Officer Robby Robinson briefs the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on plans for Thursday’s Veterans Job Fair at the Prom Center in Oakdale

Veterans Job Fair brings military members, vets, their spouses together with businesses.

Active-duty military members, veterans and their spouses can participate in a different kind of basic training Thursday in Oakdale.

Washington County officials expect 100 to 200 veterans, active duty National Guard and military reservists and their spouses will attend the county’s first Veterans Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prom Center on Inwood Avenue in Oakdale.

County Veterans Service Office Robby Robinson said a broad range of businesses will be at the fair along with human resources experts who will explain how to write resumes, give “elevator” speeches to prospective employers; how to work a job fair, and resources available to veterans.

“We have over 40 businesses that have signed up,” he said.

Some of the employers that are expected at the job fair are 3M, Andersen Windows, APT, Aveda, Axa Equitable, Becker Furniture, Berwald Roofing, Boston Scientific, Building Trades, City of Woodbury, Comcast, Davita, Diversified Manufacturing Edwards Jones, Haberman Machine, Harley Automotive Group, Harvey Vogel, Hilton Garden Inn, Home Depot, Jeanne Thorne, Labor All, LOFTech, Lowes, Manpower, MDM Rubicon, Minnesota Department of Safety, Northern Tier Energy, Northern Tier Retail Sales, Perkins Transportation, Polaris, Premier Bank, Rasmussen College, Target Direct, Union Pacific, University of Minnesota, U.S. Army, US Bank, Valley Staffing, Volt Services, Washington County, Western Spring, and Wyoming Machine.

The fair also offers demonstrations of MnWorks, the state’s jobs bank, the Career OneStop military career translator and other job search resources.

The Veterans Linkage Line will have staff at the fair providing veterans benefits program information and Century College offers information on its veterans program that includes military training transferring into college credit.

The Yellow Ribbon Organization will have resources for connecting service members and their families with community support resources and county Veterans Services officers will have information on all veterans’ resources.

Robinson said Thursday’s veterans job fair was modeled after a similar event held in the west metro.

“It’s the first one we’ve done. There’s usually one on the other side of the metro,” he said.

The Washington County Veterans Services, Veterans Linkage Line, Washington County WorkForce Center, and the Department of Employment and Economic Development co-host the job fair.. Sponsors are Haberman Machine, Cherry Berry Yogurt, Hilton Garden Inn, Walgreen’s, Forest Lake Chamber of Commerce, Northern Tier Retail, Punch Pizza, 5 Guys, and Olive Garden.

For more information, contact Robby Robinson, Veterans Service Officer, Washington County, at [email protected] or 651-430-6895, or Rachel Dickinson, veterans representative with DEED, at [email protected] or 651-779-5407.

For on-line registration and a schedule of events visit