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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

New Partnership to Provide IT Certification for Service Members

  • April 29, 2013
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A new public-private partnership will enable thousands of service members to earn industry-recognized information technology certifications before they transition from military service, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Monday at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing.

Obama said that too often, military personnel come home to find that the training and experience they’ve received doesn’t count toward civilian employment, “or they discover that the credits they’ve earned in military courses don’t transfer when they enroll in college, so they’re turned away from jobs that they’re more than qualified to do,” reported the American Forces Press Service.

The IT Training and Certification Partnership will provide opportunities for up to 161,000 service members to gain industry-recognized, nationally-portable certifications necessary for 12 professions, including computer programmers, quality assurance engineers, and IT security analysts, according to a White House fact sheet.

The new partnership builds upon President Obama’s June 2012 announcement of partnerships with the manufacturing sector to allow service members to earn high-demand advanced manufacturing certifications, and the establishment of DOD’s Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force.

Through the credentialing task force, each of the services has worked with Cisco and a broad consortium of IT corporations and credentialing associations to expand the availability of certifications to military personnel. The new partnership will allow service members to have a gap analysis conducted of their IT skills, and then to test for and earn civilian credentials above and beyond those required for their military occupation.

“We’re here today … not just for our veterans and our military families, but for our economy and for the future of our country,” Obama told members of four roundtables convened for the White House event.

The roundtables will lay plans for the launch of additional public-private initiatives to streamline the ability of service members and veterans to earn the civilian certifications and licenses required for high-demand jobs in emergency medical services, healthcare and transportation sectors, as well as streamline the ability for service members and veterans to translate military experience into academic credit.

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