In light of growing diversity in the workforce, the Fremont Area Chamber's Education and Business Council will present a workshop open to employers and the public 1:30-5 p.m. Thursday.

The workshop, titled "Our Changing Community: Diversity Awareness and Immigration Law," will be presented by representatives from Fremont Area Medical Center, Hormel Foods Corp., the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, private law practice and Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools.

The workshop is informational and interactive, said Bergan Principal Don Cunningham, one of the presenters.

"It's open to anybody in Fremont that wants to come and talk about diversity issues," Cunningham said.

Presenters also will be there to guide employers on how to meet requirements from the INS when hiring staff.

"A representative from the INS will be talking about I9 forms, fines, employer requirements and also how to tell a good social security card and alien registration card, and to answer questions employers have," said Shirley Carlson, Job Service manager and chairwoman of the council.

Attendants will learn about the value of diversity in the workplace, examining issues spanning from minorities to women, older and handicapped workers, Carlson said.

Because of the favorable feedback from the first time the workshop was presented in March, the council will be following the same format of distributing information and engaging participants in interactive situations and discussions.

"We've done this before and have gotten pleasing results," Cunningham said. "So we decided to put it on again, and hopefully people will come in. Diversity is here, and people need to realize America is changing for the better."

Anyone who wishes to participate is asked to register with Carlson at 727-3250. There is a $25 fee for Fremont Area Chamber members, and a $30 fee for non-members. Cost for the workshop includes materials and refreshments. There is a $5 discount for each additional employee who registers. Walk-ins also are welcome.

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