Leaders from IBM and Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit dedicated to helping veterans find employment, launched a new veterans initiative at Thomas Nelson Community College on Wednesday, August 19, 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.
Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Veterans & Defense Affairs Jaime Areizaga-Soto, joined IBM and CASY to congratulate the 10 local veterans that participated in the new Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program, spearheaded by IBM and CASY. The grant program provides local returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector.
Led by an IBM expert, 10 veterans participated in the weeklong training and certification course on data analytics software called i2 Analyst’s Notebook. IBM and CASY, along with a network of companies, will help transition to civilian careers, connecting them to job opportunities. More than 200 veterans around the nation will participate in this program this year.
This is the second year for the program, which was piloted at Thomas Nelson. IBM and CASY are scheduled to provide the grant program to veterans in 10 locations.