Houston Newsmakers for Aug. 12: Second Chance Job Fair, aerospace for minorities, women aviation – KPRC Click2Houston

HOUSTONSecond Chance Job Fair

Houston City Councilmember Dwight Boykins made a campaign promise years ago that has turned into the Second Chance Job Fair, designed to give the unemployed and underemployed opportunities to get on the right track. 

Boykins said the event can be helpful to a wide variety of people who need a hand up.

“A job fair is for mothers who decide to take a break to raise their family and have a resume gap and want to re-enter the workforce,” he said. “That’s a second chance. The job fair is for people looking for a better opportunity. That’s a second chance. And for people who made mistakes, including non-violent ex-felons.”

The job fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 at the GRB Convention Center. Click here to visit its website.

Black Aerospace Professionals take over Houston

It’s called the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, and since 1976, members have been advocating to attract more blacks and minorities to the aerospace industry. The 42nd convention will take place in Houston from Aug. 15-18.

Robert Monroe is a captain with United Airlines and flies the an airbus.

“We used to concentrate on pilots, but now, we’re looking at the complete aviation, aerospace, engineering industry,” he said. “So if you want to be an engineer, astronaut, air traffic controllers, maintenance, we cover the whole gamut.”

Terence Fontaine, Ed.D., is a former Continental pilot who used his time in the Marines to lay the foundation for his flying career. He is now the director of aviation at Texas Southern University.

“Three years ago, they decided to do a flight program, so now TSU is a Part 41 school with three aircraft, two beautiful Red Bird simulators and I think probably the finest aviation program in the country when you look at the

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