In the wake of the Walter Reed hospital scandal, in which wounded U.S. Army soldiers were found to be recovering in unsatisfactory and unsanitary conditions, more attention has been focused on supporting military personnel as they transition into civilian life.
A new program from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is providing such support as its first initiative. The association’s Creating Futures program helps military personnel overcome barriers of employment by providing certification, training and job placement assistance, all free of charge to the participants.
The first project by the Creating Futures program was executed in partnership with the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning in early March and concluding on March 24. According to Amy Alexander, Creating Futures program manager, Jacksonville was selected in part because of its three percent unemployment rate. Veterans themselves were selected as a target audience after consulting with industry.
“We spoke with a number of employers and provided them with several target audiences for these types of positions, and one thing that always came out is U.S. veterans were the number one individuals they would look to hire first because of their experience, loyalty and dedication,” Alexander said. She added that many of the employers CompTIA consulted with had hired veterans through placement services and had good experiences with this, seeing these individuals rise from entry level to high level positions.
Veterans participating in the program completed CompTIA’s A+ certification and were also able to pursue Hewlett-Packard certifications,…
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