The City of Brownsville and the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation are teaming up to host what it is the largest in-person career expo in the Rio Grande Valley.
Careers And Coffee takes place on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brownsville Events Center. There will be no entry fee. At a June 10 press conference, GBIC and city officials, along with employers present, said more than 1,500 job opportunities will be available at the late-June expo.
The employers at the press conference included National Electric Coil and Southwest Key Programs. DHR Chief Operating Office Aida Coronado-Garcia said her company will “be hiring on the spot” at the Brownsville jobs expo.
“We’re not looking just to fill jobs,” said Coronado-Garcia. “We’re creating careers. We want to develop individuals and bring these opportunities home to the people of the Valley.”
A Range of Opportunities
Representatives from four private sector companies said they are looking to fill 200 or more jobs at their companies. One company that was listed to have been at the press conference, SpaceX, did not attend. City officials couldn’t say how many jobs SpaceX is looking to fill, but noted the company’s employment numbers have steadily grown this year.
GBIC CEO Helen Ramirez said job opportunities are surging across Brownsville in all fields and for all sorts of jobs. Those opportunities, she said, range from health care to technical skill jobs to general labor, as well as manufacturing. Ramirez said some companies did well during the pandemic and have slots to fill. With the economy opening up and life in general getting back to normal, she said opportunities abound .There are positions for everyone from recent graduates to workers looking to get back in the job field after spending several months at home over the last year.
“It is a celebration of our community, the growth, and where we’re going,” Ramirez said of the expo. “We’re in a really great time in the history of Brownsville.”