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IBM and CASY launch new veterans initiative connecting VA vets to high-skilled tech jobs

Leaders from IBM and Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit dedicated to helping veterans find employment, Virginia’s Veterans & Defense Affairs and local veterans today launched a new veterans’ initiative at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to help local veterans translate their military experience into high-skilled jobs. Virginia has the fastest growing veteran population in the nation, with approximately 800,000 veterans statewide. Between April 2015 and January 2017, Defense Manpower Data Center estimates 24,500 service members will transition out of service in Virginia. The new Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program, spearheaded by IBM and CASY, will provide local returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector.

Led by an IBM expert, more than a dozen veterans participated in a week-long training and certification course at NOVA on data analytics software called i2 Analyst’s Notebook. IBM and CASY, along with a network of companies, will help them transition to civilian careers, connecting them to job opportunities. Hundreds of veterans around the nation will participate in this program.

“Our veterans who fought bravely for our country are highly skilled, but need help translating their military skills to civilian careers,” said Diane Melley, IBM Vice President of Global Citizenship Initiatives. “This new program will equip our courageous men and women with the training, credentials, and job assistance they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce.”

“IBM's commitment to helping veterans transition to civilian life will help combat unemployment in the military community,” said Erin Voirol, Chief Operating Officer of CASY and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network. "Veterans receive training directly linked to in-demand, skilled jobs. This program supports CASY's mission, in partnership with NOVA and the Virginia Veterans Affairs Office, to ensure our returning soldiers are career ready.”

“Our National Guard members and veterans have much to offer employers,” CPT Mike Riley, Chief, Transition Services & Employment Outreach for the Army National Guard.

said. “These individuals have trained to lead. They know how to work as part of a team. They have an excellent understanding of and appreciation for the importance of authority and understand their contribution to the success of the team. The Army National Guard is proud to have established ongoing relationships with leading organizations and employers, including IBM and CASY, who are seeking the mission-minded and reliable employees they find when hiring a service member.  It is these invaluable efforts that are bridging gaps and creating meaningful opportunities for our service members. By providing access to forwarding thinking programs, we are ensuring the enduring resilience and readiness of our National Guard members and their families.”

By 2018, the U.S. could face a shortage of as many as 190,000 people with the required analytics experience as cyberattacks and fraudulent activities continue to ripple across many industries. Data analytics, used in credit card and retail industries and law enforcement, help predict and prevent criminal, terrorist and fraudulent activities.

The veterans program is part of IBM’s philanthropic Impact Grants that arm non-profits, government and education institutions with effective tools, skills, and expertise to strengthen their infrastructure, build leadership, and better serve their communities.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson, NOVA Media Relations | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu


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