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Administration partners with industry to prepare military service members for high-demand jobs

Washington, DC – On April 29, at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public-private partnership to help service members obtain industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications they need for twelve high-demand technology professions, including computer programmers, quality assurance engineers, and IT security analysts. The initiative could serve as many as 161,000 members of the military.

The technology professions targeted through the IT Training and Certification Partnership are expected to generate more than 1.8 million job opportunities by 2020. The average annual salary for these jobs is more than $81,000.

Through the Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps have worked with Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, CompTIA, NetApp, HP and others to expand the availability of certifications to military personnel with skills in high-demand technical areas like computer programming, information assurance, network administration and program design.

Service members will be offered a gap analysis of their IT skills, which will determine any civilian credentials needed beyond those required for their military occupations. If necessary, bridge training programs will be offered free during the pilot phase of the program.

This partnership targets service members who are in the process of transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce, as well as service members at early and middle stages of their military careers. Separating service members will be connected to resources that can link them with employers ready to hire, by state and region.


UT-Arlington wins $1.25 million grant to launch new Veterans Upward Bound program

Arlington, TX – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Texas-Arlington (www.uta.edu) a $1.25 million grant to fund a new Veterans Upward Bound program for five years.

Veterans Upward Bound serves vets who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college. The grant can support 135 participants and will provide free counseling, mentoring, pre-college academic instruction, tutoring and other support.

“We are committed to helping our veterans, many of whom are fresh out of combat and need extra support and confidence to achieve their educational goals,” said Lisa Thompson, director of UT-Arlington’s Trio Pre-College Programs, which developed the grant proposal along with the support of the university’s student veteran advisory committee.

Veterans Upward Bound provides instruction in math through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature. Short-term remedial or refresher courses may be available for veterans who are high school graduates but have delayed pursuing their post-secondary educations.

In addition to academic support, participants receive advice on scholarships, grants and federal assistance.

For info, contact the program at 817-272-9882, email veteransub@uta.edu or visit www.uta.edu/veteransub.


Recent veterans unemployment rate drops dramatically

New York, NY – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 7.5 percent in April, a significant decrease from 9.25 percent in March. The 7.5 percent veterans’ unemployment rate mirrors the national unemployment rate for the first time in years. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA, iava.org) is encouraged by the downward trend, and recognizes the efforts of the private sector, including leaders like Cisco, Deloitte, Google, JPMorgan Chase, and Walmart, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, the Veterans Administration, and the Joining Forces White House initiative.

“This jobs numbers report is a great development for veterans and those who have fought for years to address the unacceptably high unemployment rate in our community. Increasingly, America is realizing that veterans are an investment, not a charity,” said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of IAVA. “This is a team game. The fact that we are trending in the right direction is the result of the leadership of employers, government and nonprofits, and most importantly, the determination of skilled veterans themselves.

“We expect the demand for jobs will only increase as more and more new veterans come home. Working with the public and private sector, IAVA remains committed to further bringing down new veterans unemployment even further,” he added.

IAVA has launched Career Pathfinder (iava.org/career-pathfinder), an online employment tool funded by Cisco and Futures Inc. The website includes thousands of job listings from employers looking to hire veterans, a cutting-edge resume builder, an innovative career mapping tool, a military-to-civilian skills translator and access to IAVA’s education and employment programs.

The BLS jobs report is a monthly estimate of the nation’s employment situation, and the bureau warns that fluctuations in the post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate may be due to the small sample of veterans surveyed.


Veteran Tech Brigade helps veterans find meaningful employment

Washington, DC – Veteran Tech Brigade (www.veterantechbrigade.com), a veteran-owned technology staffing firm, is working with commercial companies and government contracting firms to provide jobs and free pre-employment counseling to military veterans and their spouses.

The company’s specialty is IT personnel, ranging from first-level help desk technicians to network architects, many with government security clearances. “Currently we specialize in eight fields: IT, CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear), HR, homeland security, logistics, intelligence, program management and business development,” says Veteran Tech Brigade CEO Kelly Crigger, a retired U.S. Army officer. “But we’re always looking to expand into areas where veterans excel. The ‘T’ in VTB can be any technical field.

“We help employers interested in hiring veterans in a number of ways. We eliminate the need to conduct background checks, attend job fairs and read countless resumes and military evaluation reports. And we provide our clients with employees who help grow their businesses and remain on board through thick and thin. Not only are military veterans excellent, disciplined employees, but companies may see significant tax benefits from hiring them.”

One company working with Veteran Tech Brigade is U.S. Gas & Electric (www.usgande.com), an energy supplier in several states. “As our company and employment opportunities continue to grow significantly, we plan to hire a number of military veterans,” says Doug Marcille, director, CEO and president of USG&E. “Our current team members with military backgrounds have shown tremendous dedication, and we could not be more pleased by their quality of work. We are thrilled that Veteran Tech Brigade has been created as we will now have a much easier and more cost-effective way to employ even more military veterans and their spouses.”



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