Reboot Rebuild Rogers County is a free workplace readiness expo for anyone in the community who would like help with adulting.
The fifth Reboot Rebuild is set to be the largest, with the most available resources.
“We’re trying to bring all the resources Rogers County has to offer into one space,” Freeman said. “Breaking down barriers that people tend to have from employment.”
From 5-6 p.m. participants have the opportunity to visit with 39 different resource vendors who will have tables set up with information and people to answer questions. These include potential employers, help agencies and methods of continuing education.
In addition to getting connected with resources and learning workplace skills, attendees will have the opportunity to fill out applications interview for jobs on the spot.
At 6 p.m. there will be two icebreaker skits showing the dos and don’ts of interviewing.
Mid American Industrial Park Workforce Development Director Scott Fry will give the keynote address followed by Pelco Structural Human Resources Director Jeanine Coleman who will speak about apprenticeship opportunities at both companies.
Then at 7 p.m., Detective Wayne Stinnett will talk about marijuana in the workplace, Gary Hook will talk about insurance and Laurie Ault will talk about getting ahead of finances through the program Bridges Out of Poverty.
The event is open to the community and RSU students, Freeman said, “But our target audience is second chance employment, because we have so many people that are in that hole.”
Donna Stripling with the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office said, “There are things in this program, brought together under one roof, that we all take for granted. I’ve been surprised at how many people have changed because of the resources provided. I’ve seen how excited they are, because they have a second chance at making a better life for themselves.”
“The goal is to create a better community,” Freeman said. “We are all facing the reality of drug addiction and substance abuse issues. The obstacles that people face can either keep them in that same habitual cycle … or we can create a different way for them to move forward and integrate back into society, which then creates a better, safer community for all of us.”
“Sometimes it just takes one open door and someone holding their hand to make a complete life change,” Freeman said. Reboot Rebuild Rogers County is an opportunity to see multiple open doors.
The event is Wednesday, April 24, in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center Ballroom at Rogers State University from 5 to 8 p.m.