SOURCE: AfterCollege, Inc.

AfterCollege, Inc.

February 18, 2010 17:43 ET

AfterCollege to Host Forum for Entry Level Jobs Creation

Following the Lead of President Obama's Jobs and Economic Growth Forum, AfterCollege Is Hosting a Roundtable Discussion on How to Spur the Creation of More Entry-Level Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) -  On December 3, 2009, the White House hosted the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum, an opportunity for the President and his economic team to hear from CEOs, small business owners, and other thought leaders about ideas for continuing to grow the economy and put Americans back to work. As a follow up, the White House also asked citizens and community leaders to host Community Job Forums across the country.

AfterCollege, the largest online career network for students and recent graduates, is responding to this call to action by hosting a forum in San Francisco. The forum will focus on entry-level jobs creation, a topic that is cause for concern considering these sobering statistics: recent data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics show that the current unemployment rate for those under 25 is 19%, almost double the national rate of unemployment. Furthermore, as wages decrease for college grads, opportunities are also drying up in a variety of industries that were once teeming with youth, including the retail and hospitality sectors.

The forum will be held on February 26 in downtown San Francisco, bringing together leaders who have already taken steps to put a spotlight on the need to create jobs for America's youth. Participants will include Roberto Angulo, AfterCollege CEO; Dr. Phil Gardner, Director of Research for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University; and Matthew Segal, executive director of SAVE (Student Association for Voter Empowerment) and founder of the 80 Million Strong Coalition, a group of leading youth organizations committed to addressing the current youth unemployment crisis.

"The growing unemployment rate for students and college graduates and the lack of job prospects are serious concerns that we must address," Angulo said. "This forum will engage a diverse group of individuals from academia, industry and government in a productive dialogue on how we can tackle these issues and to propose solutions that can be used in legislation for jobs creation."

AfterCollege will publish ideas generated from the forum online and will also share the findings with local, state and federal policy makers. The goal of the forum is to spur ideas and discussions that will lead to entry-level job creation.

For more information on the forum, please email info@aftercollege.com.

About AfterCollege
Founded in 1999, AfterCollege (http://www.aftercollege.com) connects students, faculty, alumni and employers through career networks at colleges and professional organizations across the country. Today, AfterCollege powers the largest number of online career networks, delivering thousands of opportunities to entry-level job seekers and alumni. Its platform and job distribution technology provide relevant job content for job seekers and qualified applicants for employers. AfterCollege's approach is patented under U.S. Patent Number 7,213,019.

Contact Information

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    AfterCollege, Inc.
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