Ho'okele Staff | Jan 27, 2017
Story and photos by Gaea Armour
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Dozens of applicants from all over the island took the opportunity to start a federal career at the Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) Hiring Fair at Hale Koa Hotel on Jan. 18.
Men and women from all backgrounds, including military spouses and veterans, applied for full-time, part-time and flexible positions for all Child and Youth Programs facilities across Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Approximately 148 positions were offered on-site to qualified applicants from entry level to instructional or lead teacher positions.
Several military spouses and veterans filled in some positions during the first two hours of the event. A few spouses with little to no expectations were fortunate to get hired on the spot.
Hannah Van Hook, a Navy spouse, attended the hiring fair seeking any available position. With her background in psychology and special needs education, Van Hook was offered a full-time teaching position immediately.
Jessica Mattes, a Navy spouse who was currently visiting Oahu with her husband for a scheduled permanent change of station (PCS) in June, also accepted a position as a full time teacher. Mattes, who was also staying at Hale Koa hotel just one floor above DeRussy Hall, was in town to look for some potential day care facilities and housing when they heard about the hiring fair while visiting the Peltier Child Development Center (CDC). She immediately got all documents ready, came to the hiring fair, went through the screening process and was offered a full-time teaching position within hours.
“Everyone was so helpful and professional, they go out of their way and to do one step further,” Mattes said. She has a background in pre-school education specializing in special needs children and is looking forward to continuing her career at Center Drive CDC this summer.
Organizers said this is the first island-wide hiring fair hosted by Navy CYP for Navy Region Hawaii. Some applicants responded through newspaper ads, while many others heard about it through social media or word of mouth. A majority of attendees came from west Oahu.
Many came with hopes of getting any jobs available. With more than half of the available positions filled, the Navy CYP anticipates more classrooms will soon be opened to serve military families.
For interested applicants who have missed the event, there are more positions available at greatlifehawaii.com/jobs.
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