Rep. André Carson, D-IN, in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, hosted the 12th annual Indianapolis Job and Resource Fair at the Culinary and Conference Center on the Ivy Tech Indianapolis campus on Tuesday, Aug. 8. 

The 2023 Indianapolis Job and Resource Fair comprised more than 90 vendors, including 77 employers. Of the vendors present, 97% offered veteran preferences, 81% sought bilingual candidates, 62% sought justice-involved candidates, and 61% offered tuition benefits. 

“One of the biggest problems our community faces is not necessarily a lack of opportunities. It's a lack of access to opportunity,” Congressman Carson stated during a press conference at the Job and Resource Fair. “Maybe you're looking to return to work and don't know where to start. We've got you covered. Maybe you're looking for a better-paying job that lets you work fewer hours. We've got you covered for that too.”

Congressman Carson stated there is no better time to start fresh with a new opportunity. 

“Since the start of President Biden's presidency, we have created over 13 million new jobs. That's more jobs added in two and a half years than any president in recorded history. And we want to continue that work through our office,” he said. 

In addition to the Congressman, Ryan Mears, the Marion County Prosecutor, Scarlett Andrews, the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, and Dr. Stacy Atkinson, our Ivy Tech Indianapolis Interim Chancellor, were also in attendance. 

Rep. André Carson, D-IN, (left), Interim Chancellor Dr. Stacy Atkinson (middle), and Deputy Mayor Scarlett Andrews (right) pose for a photo on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023.

“Each of these leaders has continued to be a champion and a partner in our shared goal to provide greater access to a clear pathway to educational success, leading to high-demand, high-wage careers,” Dr. Atkinson stated. “When I pulled up and saw the line, I thought, ‘This is amazing!’”

More than 300 people attended the Job and Resource Fair on Tuesday. 

Deputy Mayor Andrews stated that while we are experiencing record lows in unemployment now, that doesn’t speak for everyone. 

“We know it's always a good idea to keep an eye out for new opportunities, and that's even if you are already employed,” Andrews stated. “Today is the perfect opportunity for those who've either been looking for work or want to find something that's the right fit for them.”

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.