Sign Up Now for the 2017 Diverse Ability Career Fairs

The Connecticut Business Leadership Network (CTBLN) is pleased to announce that we will again be partnering with The Connecticut Departments of Labor and Rehabilitation Services to present a fall career fair series including four Diverse Ability Career Fairs in partnership with the CT State Colleges and Universities, and an October 11 Middlesex County Career Fair that will be held in conjunction with the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business Showcase.

“CTBLN is excited to work again with our Connecticut State partners to give employers the opportunity to recruit qualified individuals with disabilities by participating in the highly successful Diverse Ability Career Fairs. The successful partnership between CTBLN’s diversity committed employers and the State agencies which connect those employers to qualified job seekers with disabilities is a vital part of our shared vision to grow Connecticut businesses through diversity and create positive change in the employment picture for job seekers with disabilities.” said Sharon Denson, Executive Director, Connecticut Business Leadership Network.

State Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson noted “Our career fairs have attracted thousands of jobseekers and hundreds of businesses – and many have made successful employment connections. This year’s schedule includes a series of Diverse Ability Career Fairs designed to help businesses build a more diverse workforce and also take advantage of the talent and expertise persons with a disability can bring to the job.”

Career Fair dates, hours and locations:

  • October 6 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury
  • October 31 Diverse Ability Career Fair:
    11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven

 Businesses can register at

There is no cost to jobseekers attending the events and parking is convenient and free. CTBLN will have a table at each of these events with information about membership and our services. Labor Department employees will be on hand throughout the day to provide information about finding a new job, changing careers or using services at the local American Job Centers.

Registration fee for each Diverse Ability Career fair is $225. Employer registration includes an exhibit table at the event, program guide listing, radio, newspaper and Internet/social media advertising and advertisements at the American Job Centers employment offices, veterans’ centers, local libraries, and community organizations.

Registration fee for companies attending the October 11th Middlesex County Career Fair is $300 ($25 additional charge if an electrical outlet is needed).

Companies interested in taking part in one, or several fairs can visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s career website at, while jobseekers can also visit the site for interview tips, directions to the career fairs, lists of a participating employers and recruitment events at their local American Job Center.

In addition to CTBLN, Workforce partners assisting with the Diverse Ability Career Fairs include the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, and the state’s Workforce Development Boards.

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