Thomas Nelson Community College has been named a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program partner to recruit, hire and retain veterans. Thomas Nelson is among five community colleges and over 20 four-year schools across Virginia to earn V3 certification.
Virginia has the nation’s seventh largest veteran population and is fourth in veterans of working age. As a V3 partner, Thomas Nelson staff received education and training in the best practices of recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans.
Donna Norman, Interim Human Resources Director for Thomas Nelson, said V3 membership lets the College give hiring preference to veterans. “We are excited about this opportunity to enhance the College’s employee base with veterans who bring a broad range of skills to the table and to play a role in demonstrating how Virginia values Veterans,” she said.
Norman said Human Resources Analyst Shea Jones completed several online training courses including dispelling the myths of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the value of hiring members of the Virginia National Guard and building on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. The College was also required to develop a veteran hiring plan.
Virginia Values Veterans Program membership is in accord with Thomas Nelson’s core values which include diversity. Additionally, the College was named among the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 and has a dedicated veterans center at its Hampton campus.
In a congratulatory letter to Thomas Nelson, Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Commissioner John Newby pledged VDVS’s full support of the College through means such as increasing awareness of available resources for veteran recruitment, hiring and retention; sharing lessons learned, success stories and best practices; and helping with recertification via free training opportunities, among other support.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said more than 26,000 have been hired through Virginia Values Veterans since 2012. He challenged the program to get an additional 25,000 veterans employed by January 2018.