DETROIT (WWJ) – The final neighborhood job fair for construction work at the new Red Wings Arena is being held Wednesday until 3 p.m. at Don Bosco Hall in Detroit.

Project Manager Rochelle Collins says previous fairs for the project drew 400 to 600 job-seekers from Detroit’s neighborhoods. So far, she said, 76 percent of the workforce hired for the project are from Detroit, surpassing the 51 percent goal.

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“We’re very happy with the individuals that are coming out and the type of experience that we’re getting from Detroiters,” Collins said.

Part of a big crowd Tuesday morning was Clarence Bates, hoping to find a position that fits his skill

“My experience is in shipping and receiving,” he told WWJ’s Ron Dewey, “and I’ve been a heavy equipment operator.”

Collins said many tradespeople who had left the city during the 2012 recession are returning to work on the arena and other projects.

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“Because of the construction boom that’s occurring in the city of Detroit, they’re able to come here and work…come home. They’re able to come home,” she said.

At the event: 

• Meet with Skilled Trades Associations
• Learn about training and financial aid programs available
• Get help with GED preparation and testing
• Improve your resume writing and interview skills
• Connect with resources for childcare, legal assistance and more.

Don Bosco Hall is located at 19321 W. Chicago Rd., near Evergreen.

Those interested in jobs associated with the new area can apply online at

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