We AreThe Job Fair People!
We Connect Local Job Seekers with Employers
Santa Cruz Employment Access serves as host to the annual Access 2 Employment Job Fair, connecting local employers with hundreds of job seekers to help achieve a diverse workforce. Our volunteer based organization operates as a planning committee made up of representatives from various local agencies and businesses with a common goal – to improve the economic outlook of Santa Cruz County by linking job seekers with employers and employment resources.
Santa Cruz Employment Access was founded in 1990 by a group of individuals from various companies and agencies with a common goal - to connect employers in our community with job seekers of all talents and backgrounds. To achieve this mission, our annual job fair takes place in October in support of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign, which raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. To further expand our scope of diversity, we have established community partnerships to include other groups that face obstacles to employment including ex-offenders, seniors over the age of 55, and youth ages 14-25. Our job fair welcomes ALL job seekers - come one, come all!
Our volunteers offer employment preparation training at these locations:
Connecting People for over 30 Years
Patricia has a strong background in employment services including Job Placement Coordinator at Computer Training Academy, Career Counselor for Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and Special Education Transition Specialist for Santa Cruz City Schools. She most recently developed the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department Inmate Employment Program, which assists participants with employment preparation and re-entry.
Vice President & Treasurer
Phil is the Executive Director of the Profile Job Club located in the Capitola Career Center. He assists professionals with job search skills, employability, self-marketing, professional networking and career building.
Leslie works at the Sage Group as a Senior Recruiter. She brings nearly 20 years of human resource and talent acquisition experience to the A2E team. When she’s not working or volunteering, Leslie enjoys spending time at the beach with her family.
Resume Review Coordinator
Sariah has a degree in Communications from San Jose State University, where she graduated with honors. As a Lead English Teacher Trainer in China and Korea, she specialized in on-boarding and development. Her time as a Behavioral Interventionalist helped children and young adults build healthy habits. She is passionate about fostering growth and creating opportunities.
Nonprofit Outreach Coordinator
Bethany is a Business Specialist for the Department of Rehabilitation. Her background is in mental health and social services. Doing meaningful work, helping others and contributing to a more sustainable way of life are some of her passions. Bethany enjoys hiking with her family, home improvement projects and yoga.
Desha has more than 15 years in education. She is currently the Director of Career Development at Cabrillo College, where she supports a wide range of individuals and develops partnerships with local employers. Desha enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, and yoga
Business Outreach Coordinator
Peter is a Principal Administrative Analyst in the County Administrative Office with the County of Santa Cruz. With over 25 years of experience in economic and workforce development, public finance, public administration, facility master planning, affordable housing, and redevelopment, Peter has a passion for good government, sustainable urban design and economic and workforce resiliency. He also proudly serves on the Workforce Development Board and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking and gardening.
Sheila enjoyed a diverse career at a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Pacific Grove Unified School District, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, Easter Seals Society of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz Symphony, Doran Center for the Blind, and Cal State University Monterey Bay. She is passionate about the Santa Cruz Symphony League, and served as Treasurer for twelve years. She enjoys making jams and relishes, which she donates to the Symphony League and her church to sell during fundraiser events.
Emma is an experienced Senior Technical Writer with project management experience, and knowledgeable of major accessibility measures needed for Section 508 ADA compliance.