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Posts Tagged ‘workforce’

Manufacturing Coalition to ‘Fast-Track’ Veterans into High-Tech Jobs

  • October 16, 2012
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A coalition of manufacturers launched an initiative this week to train military veterans for jobs in advanced manufacturing that remain open because employers say they can’t find skilled applicants. The Get Skills to Work coalition — which will be managed by the Manufacturing Institute and supported by General Electric, Alcoa Inc., Boeing and Lockheed Martin — will accelerate skills training for veterans, help veterans and employers translate military skills to advanced manufacturing jobs, and provide employers with tools to recruit and mentor veterans …

Grant to Allow Jacksonville to Map Veterans Services

  • October 15, 2012
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The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida will create an online platform identifying veterans services in the Jacksonville area, courtesy of a $20,000 grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2013, will identify reintegration services available to veterans and provide government agencies a tool for locating and contacting resources for veterans, nonprofits with a map of services and interrelated programs that will improve efficiency in service delivery and coordination of care …

Points of Light Spearheads Public-Private Initiative to Reintegrate Returning Veterans

  • October 14, 2012
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A coalition of more than 55 veteran and military service organizations, nonprofits and government agencies last week launched the Community Blueprint, a national initiative to support returning military service members, veterans and their families by better coordinating their access to employment, housing, education and health care services. The goal of the initiative — led by Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, home to AmeriCorps — is to help troops navigate through an often confounding web of support services when they return home …

San Diego-Area Community Colleges Accommodating Surge in Veterans

  • October 11, 2012
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Community colleges in the southernmost counties of California are prepared to educate veterans returning from war and provide other services needed to help separating service members integrate into civilian life, officials from a consortium of community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties said last week. Community colleges in the two counties are teaching more than 20,000 veterans and military personnel, numbers that can be expected to grow as the drawdown from Afghanistan continues. They also help veterans navigate the GI Bill and other financial aid programs, provide specialized counseling for students …

Seattle Internship Program Offers Veterans a Boost in Entering Civilian Job Market

  • October 10, 2012
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A new six-month, paid internship program launched in King County, Wash., will offer military veterans a broad array of support services to help ease their transition back into civilian life and secure a long-term job. Under the Heroes Employment Reintegration Opportunity (HERO) program, participants will receive an hourly wage for 30 hours of work per week for six months. Interns will be matched to a King County employee who is also a veteran and provided with a comprehensive support plan …

Army Plans for Civilian Workforce Reductions

  • October 10, 2012
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Army officials are planning to trim the service’s civilian workforce — whether or not automatic spending cuts go into effect — to cope with budget constraints and an overall drawdown from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Undersecretary Joseph Westphal said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Government Executive Media Group. “‘Now that we’re going back to a more balanced force, we’re going to probably need to reduce our workforce …

Gauging the Impact of Sequestration on Nevada’s Bases

  • October 10, 2012
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Military facilities in Nevada have a significant economic impact on the state and, as a result, looming spending reductions to be imposed in January will be felt in its multiple defense communities. Without more information from DOD, however, it is not possible to figure out just how severe the impacts will be. Nellis and Creech Air Force bases, and the Nevada Test and Training Range were home to almost 11,000 military personnel in fiscal 2011 and more than 5,000 civilian employees and contractors …

Jump in Unemployment Rate for Younger Female Veterans Stands Out

  • October 8, 2012
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The unemployment rate for women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan surged to 19.9 percent in September from 12.1 percent the previous month, suggesting a sharp divide in how employers view male combat veterans vs. their women counterparts. The jobless rate for post-9/11 female veterans one year ago was 14.7 percent. Meanwhile, the portion of younger male veterans seeking work fell to 8.0 percent in September from 10.7 percent in August …

Bill Streamlines Process for Veterans to Obtain Commercial Driver’s Licenses

  • October 4, 2012
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Legislation making it easier for military personnel to obtain a commercial driver’s license has been sent to President Obama for his signature, following approval of S. 3624 by the House last week. The Senate previously cleared the measure, which allows service members to obtain a CDL in either the state where they serve or where they received their training, regardless of whether it is their state of permanent residence …

Houston Hospitals Target Veterans for Hiring

  • September 30, 2012
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Two Houston hospitals have found a rich supply for new employees — military veterans. Officials at the Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center say veterans are service-focused, hardworking and, equally important, many have experience in health care …

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