Accelerated Training Helps Vets Translate Military Service into Employment
RALEIGH, N.C. (December 15, 2015) - A generous grant from the Walmart Foundation will boost Wake Tech’s efforts to help veterans translate military experience into employment and career advancement. The college has received a $100,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, which provides grants to nonprofits that assist underserved populations.
The funds will support Wake Tech’s Accelerated Career Transformation Services (ACTS) program, which was established with a 2013 grant from the Walmart Foundation. ACTS supports veterans and their spouses by offering accelerated training, certification opportunities, financial assistance, and social support to allow for a faster and smoother transition to employment. Wake Tech works with local employers to identify how graduates of the program can fill their needs.
Three career tracks have been identified in which Military Occupation Specialist (MOS) training will translate into accelerated programs of study: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), EMT/Paramedic, and Apartment Maintenance Technician. As part of the ACTS program Wake Tech also offers additional training courses to earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials.
“We share Walmart’s commitment to supporting veterans, and we’re extremely grateful to the Walmart Foundation for continuing to fund this program,” said Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott. “It’s vital – and it has already proven successful. It works!”
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation understand the importance of supporting America’s veterans and are delighted to assist Wake Tech’s Veterans Program,” said Brooke Muller, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Walmart. “Through this grant, Wake Tech will be able to continue helping veterans transition into the civilian workforce and use their skills to find careers and employment.”
The ACTS program has had a positive impact on veterans at Wake Tech. Many have landed jobs before completing their training; one woman found work that allowed her to transition out of homelessness.