Pragmatic Works Foundation Provides Job Placement and IT Training

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Jacksonville, Fla. — Feb. 25
When Stuart Phillips was downsized from his construction career because of the economic climate, he found the Pragmatic Works Foundation.

“I had just gotten married, and I needed a way to continue supporting my family,” Phillips said.

Pragmatic Works Foundation offered a month-long training session in information technology that set Phillips down a new road.

“I was able to learn new skills and was set up with a job interview within two weeks,” he said. “I was offered the job and am now on a new and rewarding career path.”

Pragmatic Works Foundation, a newly-founded nonprofit organization, is providing free career training in the IT field for veterans and those who have lost their jobs because of economic hardship.

“The veterans we typically see, for example, may have had a specific technical job in the military, but when they try to transition to the civilian world, they find that hiring managers are seeking a broader skill base,” said Brian Knight, president of Pragmatic Works Foundation. “The Foundation provides training to help grow those specialized skills learned in the military into skills that are universally desired.”

The Foundation's program includes technical training on Microsoft technologies such as database administration or application development. There is also mentoring on soft skills, such as mastering interviews, as well as a job placement service. There are 18 seats in the program that fill monthly, but priority treatment is given to veterans returning from overseas.

Applications are now being accepted until March 20 for the next training session beginning in April.

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