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Transit industry invites veterans to job fair Wednesday

The American Public Transportation Association, which is holding a conference in Kansas City this week, says the skills learned in the U.S. military translate well into the transit industry.

That’s why the organization is part of a “Hiring Our Heroes — Kansas City” job fair Wednesday in south Kansas City.

“If you can drive a tank, you can drive a city bus,” said Virginia Miller, director of media relations for the association.

“If you maintained and repaired transportation vehicles, you can work on buses and trains. Also, if your background was in security, many transit police are veterans.”

The fair, open to veterans and military spouses, runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Phoenix, 1310 E. 104th St.

It’s preceded by a free workshop — focusing on resume writing, interview skills and job search techniques — that begins at 8:30 a.m.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the University of Phoenix and the American Public Transportation Association are presenting the fair, where more than 30 employers are expected.

Job seekers are encouraged to register at hiringourheroes.org, but walk-ins are allowed. Veterans should provide proof of service.

Miller said public transportation is a $57 billion industry with 400,000 employees nationwide.