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Solar power among industries offering ‘takeoff’ for troops

Solar power among industries offering ‘takeoff’ for troops

Staff writersOctober 21, 2014 Updated 14 hours ago

There are soldiers, airmen and other military service members who would be good at all of those jobs. The trick is connecting them with the right training and employment on their way out of the Armed Forces.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is trying to do more to make that connection for the 8,000 to 9,000 troops expected to leave the military each year for the next few years from the base south of Tacoma.

“They’re not asking for a soft landing. What they’re asking for is a strong takeoff,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander of I Corps, said Tuesday.

Lanza spoke at a jobs summit for military, business and government leaders that was packed with announcements on new programs.

Speaking just after Lanza, Gov. Jay Inslee announced some of the participants, which included solar-energy companies, such as SolarCity, one of the biggest.

The first class of at least 15 service members will spend two weeks in December learning to install panels on residential roofs — enough to get their basic certification and land jobs at one of six companies.

The National Institute of Training and Education is training the first class at JBLM with money from Camo2Commerce, a South Sound job training and placement organization. The partners have a similar program in the works to train workers for Amazon data centers.

“I believe veterans ought to be treated like royalty,” Inslee said, “and the way you treat royalty is to put it to work.”

Later Tuesday came the announcement of another Camo2Commerce program, this one to help officers move into corporate management.

The 13-week Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy will combine classroom time with hands-on training at companies and organizations that commit to hire the program’s graduates, including TrueBlue, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and ThyssenKrupp Aerospace.

Camo2Commerce said it will train at least 30 service members and then seek to turn the program over to Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

A separate program announced Tuesday will train service members as hotel managers through InterContinental Hotels Group, starting in January with two students going through a 20-week training.

The base has similar programs planned in connection with the Disney Institute and Starbucks.

JBLM was the first in the military to create a “software academy” that leads to work at Microsoft. It also hosts union-sponsored courses that help troops find work in pipefitting and in heating and air conditioning.

It’s all part of the military’s growing emphasis on preparing troops for civilian life while they’re still in uniform.

Those programs have accelerated since 2011 after Congress passed a bill written by Sen. Patty Murray that allowed military installations to free up troops leaving the Armed Forces to focus on their transitions to civilian life.

Now at JBLM, soldiers can start taking classes to ready themselves for that change a year before they’re scheduled to separate or retire from the Army. They can use that time for general classes on choosing careers or colleges, or they can enroll in apprenticeship programs that promise them work after they leave the military.

Murray said Tuesday that 85 percent of eligible veterans had attended the transition assistance sessions in January, February and March, including 90 percent at JBLM.

“And now we need to be doing more to help our service members transition into careers,” Murray said. “Careers that not only hone their skills and support a family, but serve as a launching pad.”

The nation’s unemployment rate for recent veterans remains persistently higher than the civilian rate. In 2013, 8.8 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were unemployed, higher than the civilian rate of 7.5 percent.

The disparity was worse among young veterans. Veterans aged 18-24 faced an unemployment rate of 24.3 percent last year, starkly higher than the 15.8 percent unemployment rate for their civilian peers.

Jordan Schrader: 360-786-1826 jordan.schrader@thenewstribune.com @Jordan_Schrader

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord To Hold Its Largest-Ever Jobs Summit

More than 8,000 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be leaving the military in each of the next few years as the military draws down its force levels. The base is aiming to help them find work, and this week it’s holding its biggest ever jobs summit.

 

Between 4,o00 to 5,000 service members as well as some 200 employers are expected to gather at the summit. One of the employers will be an Atlanta-based company called First Data, which helps businesses process payments and track inventory.

Jason Stanchfield, who works for First Data here in Washington state as a sales director, says he’s keen to meet service members because he recalls how he felt job-hunting after he left the Navy in 1990.

“I do know how nerve-wracking it was actually: a) looking for a job, but b) I was relocating back to my hometown area, so I didn’t have a lot of contacts,” Stanchfield said.

Stanchfield landed a job with a telecom company and says what clinched the deal was that the hiring manager also had been in the military. He understood that the skills Stanchfield had gained in a Navy communications and operations center would transfer.

Stanchfield says military experience can be a big asset in the business world.

“We know that they’re going to show up to work on time, they’re going to do the job they’re supposed to do and they’re actually going to excel in case of any kind of emergency,” he said. “Usually you’re going to find they’re leaders amongst the teams they get brought onto.”

First Data plans to hire five to 10 more people in Washington state.

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans has been trending down lately but is still a little bit above the overall unemployment rate.

Recruiting Service Members Early

One thing that’s different about this jobs summit is that it’s targeting service members who may still have a year left to go before they transition out.

Eric Eversole runs Hiring Our Heroes, a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is helping to organize the event. He says they decided to start the job focus sooner to help service members avoid the panic of waiting until they get out to look for work.

“For many of them, that can be a very scary proposition because two to three weeks after their service, their paychecks stop. And then they start scrambling for work, because they have family members and other responsibilities they have to take care of,” Eversole said.

Sponsors of the summit include Starbucks, Amazon, Toyota and Verizon. Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer will be among the attendees.

Washington State Service Member For Life Transition Summit

Washington State Service Member For Life Transition Summit

Three-day summit held across JBLM

Uber made an unprecedented commitment to bring 50,000 veterans and military spouses on board as drivers in the next 18 months. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Whether you’re a military spouse looking for work, a transitioning servicemember seeking out the next step or an employer searching for veteran hires, the upcoming Washington State Service Member for Life Transition Summit can help.

The event is part of a series of summits that Hiring our Heroes, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative, has hosted and although it is the first to be held in the Pacific Northwest, it may overshadow its predecessors.

“This will be the biggest event since the Hiring our Heroes program started in March 2011,” said Kim Morton, who handles media relations for Hiring our Heroes. “We are expecting attendance to be in the thousands because of the partnership and support with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as the Dept. of Labor and the Veterans Administration.”

The summit will span three days, from Oct. 21-23, across various locations on JBLM – and shuttles will be provided. There are no registration fees due to the summit’s generous sponsors, which include Starbucks, University of Phoenix, Verizon, the Call of Duty Endowment, Toyota and USAA. Many of those companies will also be on site recruiting new employees during the job fair portion.

Through the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign, more than 1,700 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 448,000 servicemembers and veterans; even better, 265,000 hires have already been confirmed.

The first day will focus on the Senior Leader Track and look at national and state transition initiatives, provide a forum to share information and gain senior leader support for understanding and implementing transition both on and off the installation as these men and women who’ve served switch to civilian pursuits. The day will include employers, senior military leaders, local support organizations, chambers of commerce representatives, economic development groups, CEOs and regional support organizations from throughout the state, as well as federal partners such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, the Veterans Administration and the Small Business Administration.

The goal of day two is for representatives from each sector to help shape understanding of where jobs are now and where they will be when you are ready to transition based on economic outlook, educational programs and what small business opportunities are available. Sectors to be addressed include government and the public sector; information technology; healthcare; clean technology; advanced manufacturing; retail services; and maritime, transportation and logistics. Sessions will run in the morning and afternoon – in three-hour increments – and attendees can attend up to two sessions.

Finally, day three will be all about connecting transitioning servicemembers, dependents, National Guard members, reservists and veterans and with potential employers, schools, trades and small business resources. This combination hiring fair, college and apprenticeship fair will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and help to ensure jobs, educational paths and entrepreneurial plans for the attendees.

“Hiring our Heroes has hosted over eight hundred hiring events for veterans and spouses and we’ve been able to track, through a variety of means, that 24,000 jobs have been obtained by our attendees as a result of these fairs,” Morton said.

Additionally, the summit will feature seminars, roundtables, panel events, recruiter training and other facilitated discussions focused on improving competitive employment for servicemembers and veterans, not to mention countless networking opportunities for everyone present.

Though attendees do not have to register, it is preferred and can be done via http://wamilitaryalliance.org/summit/. Employers, however, must register in order to attend and can do so through the same site. For more information, email hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or call 202.463.5807.

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Mission and Installation Contracting Command

Pamela Munoz

UNIT: Mission and Installation Contracting Command
POSITION: Director, Mission and Installation Contracting Command
AAC MEMBER SINCE: 2006
TOTAL YEARS OF ARMY SERVICE: 35
AWARDS: ACC Commander’s Award for Civilian Service
EDUCATION: MBA, City University, Seattle; B.S. in business administration, Hawaii Pacific University


Pamela Munoz, center, worked with the Vets2Feds Program and the local Camo2Commerce veterans program to add five contracting interns to her staff.

What do you do and why is it important to the warfighter?
As the director of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), I lead an organization of approximately 90 military and civilian personnel who are dedicated to our contracting mission. We provide our warfighters the resources they need to deploy and provide installation support services to take care of them and their families throughout their assignment to JBLM. Not only do we support the warfighter during his/her active duty time with contract supplies and services, but we also employ many veterans working on numerous contracts here at the base. What’s more, we recently hired five new contracting interns through the Vets2Feds Program using the local Camo2Commerce veterans hiring program here.

What are some of the milestones you’ve achieved?
In July 2014, MICC JBLM awarded a $206 million, cost-plus, fixed-fee contract in support of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, without protest. In 3QFY14, MICC JBLM is one of only two offices across the MICC with an overall composite score of “Green” in support of our command’s strategic objectives. MICC JBLM has met or exceeded all six of our OSD Joint Basing Common Output Levels of Support metrics since 2QFY11. And, since 2011, MICC JBLM has operated as a fully integrated military and civilian contracting organization dedicated to training 51Cs in contracting as well as having a hand in developing our future military contracting leaders. This was prior to the official operations order integrating MICC JBLM with the 902d Contingency Contracting Battalion.

What is your greatest satisfaction in being part of the Army Acquisition Corps?
My greatest satisfaction is being a part of an impressive integrated military and civilian team that does an outstanding job of executing and managing contracts in support of our customers. I enjoy coming to work every day because we have our hearts in our mission to support joint force service members and their families in the great community of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Paula Munoz leads the Mission and Installation Contracting Command at JBLM, which has met or exceeded all six of its OSD Joint Basing Common Output Levels of Support metrics since 2QFY11.

In celebration of the silver anniversary of the Army Acquisition Corps (AAC), Access is publishing “25 for 25″ — twenty-five profiles of members of the AAC across the Army Acquisition Workforce. These profiles provide unique insight into the variety and importance of the work done by the AAC every day.

 

 

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JBLM Veterans push aside uncertainty, find civilian jobs

 Ryan Knight had a lot to figure out last May as he prepared to leave the Air Force, and he had little time do it.

The senior master sergeant was set to retire July 3 after 19 years in uniform. With three kids, he didn’t want a gap in paychecks. But he had only a vague idea of what he wanted to do next.

“I haven’t felt this kind of anxiety in years,” admitted Knight, a 39-year-old veteran of nine deployments, including seven to Iraq and Afghanistan.

He took an early retirement, ending his service a little before he’d planned.

Like Knight, thousands of military servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are facing major career decisions as the Army and Air Force slash tens of thousands of positions across the services in a postwar drawdown.

The good news this Labor Day weekend is that troops are coming out of the military with some helpful tailwinds for the first time in years. A rising economy has reduced the veteran unemployment rate, and several new programs are matching troops with jobs in the civilian sector.

In the Puget Sound area, companies including Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft have stepped up veteran recruitment projects.

“The iron is hot now,” said JBLM base Commander Col. Charles Hodges. “We are starting to link up veterans with employers.”

He rattled off a litany of first-in-the military transition programs launched at JBLM that guarantee troops work in the private sector as computer programmers, pipe fitters and in other trades.

But gaps remain in the network that aims to connect Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with civilian work.

Young veterans in particular still struggle. The unemployment rate for veterans younger than the age of 24 stood at a disturbingly high 24 percent last year, 8 percentage points higher than civilians in the same age group.

Veterans from the two recent wars had a 9 percent unemployment rate, higher than the 2013 national average of 7.2 percent.

And the military’s panoply of transition programs, which lead service members to college or new trades, have yet to forge a consistent path for troops like Knight. These are the veterans who know they want to work immediately after leaving the Armed Forces and do not want to enter a lengthy training program.

Those military service members face what Hodges calls “no-job stress disorder,” a predicament he says every member of the Armed Forces will encounter one day.

“Everyone has that stress, even if you’re a commander,” he said. “What is my future?”

‘A WARM HANDOFF’

WorkForce Central, a Tacoma nonprofit connecting workers with employers, has established programs and partnerships to help veterans and service members make the transition from the military into civilian jobs.

The agency is putting an emphasis on helping veterans under the age of 24 because they make up the largest unemployed and homeless population it sees, said Shellie Willis, military workforce development manager.

“We’re seeing a huge gap there,” Willis said of veterans leaving the service without knowing where to go. “We don’t want them to leave that gate without a warm handoff.”

At JBLM, troops leaving the military can start preparing for their transitions about a year before their expected separation date. They attend courses under the Army and Air Force Career Alumni Program, which gives them a basic outline for how to find work.

That program became mandatory in 2011 when Congress adopted Washington Sen. Patty Murray’s Veterans Opportunity to Work Act.

After the introduction, service members can choose one of four more specific transition paths: higher education, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship or a job in the traditional workforce.

The tracks for higher education and apprenticeships are well-worn, fueled by legions of young veterans out to use their GI Bill benefits to re-educate or retrain themselves.

Many veterans say they get a good launch, including Tumwater’s Spencer Zeman. He jokingly calls himself the poster child of the Army and Air Force Career Alumni Program.

Once a manager of a training program for a brigade, Zeman, 28, now owns a Window Genie window and exterior house-cleaning franchise that serves the Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey areas all the way north to DuPont.

Zeman connected with people through the alumni program who helped him transfer his administrative skills from the Army to reach his goal of becoming an entrepreneur, he said.

But others making the transition out of uniform — mainly those at entry-level positions — often saw their skills translate to three fields: police, security guard or manual labor, Zeman said.

“You’re not really leaving these guys much opportunity,” he said.

‘NERVOUS BUT EXCITED, TOO’

Coaching veterans on finding a more traditional workforce job has been a trickier endeavor for the military because résumé workshops, job fairs and networking events rarely lead to immediate results.

That’s a frustrating challenge for JBLM transition program managers who have watched corporate America pledge to hire veterans by the thousands but could not steer service members directly to those companies.

To give veterans more options, the federal government has created additional programs that do more than train veterans for specific fields.

One program is being tried only at JBLM. Called Camo2Commerce it connects veterans — especially those who have never been in the civilian workforce — with career counselors, education and short-term training programs. It also gives employers a financial incentive to hire veterans.

“That one-on-one approach is really important for those who don’t know what they want to do,” said project director Sean Murphy. The program is only funded for two years, but Murphy hopes its success will lead to additional funding.

Former Army Capt. Ann Reiter, who started her own civilian career in state government this year, helped refine JBLM’s approach to leading troops to civilian work. She helped launch a new, intense program called Northwest Edge that grooms service members for work in Puget Sound.

Over two months, they spend one day a week participating in rigorous job training classes that match them with Puget Sound employers of all sizes. They get exposure to local and state agencies, large corporate employers and small businesses, including some site visits.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited, too,” said Lt. Col. Beth Schwaigert, an I Corps human resources officer who was getting an early jump on her transition when she enrolled in Northwest Edge. She had a year to go before her retirement.

“For 20 years, I’ve known where to go, what to wear, just the complete culture.”

Knight was in the second group of Northwest Edge participants last spring. At the time, he wondered if he wanted to pursue a career in security, or maybe management.

All he knew for sure was that he wanted a job that let him spend more time with his family than he had during his military career.

“After nine deployments down range, it’s time to give my family some time,” he said.

‘I HAVE A DEADLINE’

Participants in the course feed off each other, sharing tips for how to land an interview and how to present themselves.

At one Northwest Edge résumé workshop in April, soldiers and airmen weighed how to present themselves to employers with little military experience.

“The question always comes up, ‘What did you do in the military?’ ” said Maj. Kevin Burke to the class.

Burke, who worked in civil affairs, said he struggled with how to translate his military training to something that made sense to the private sector. He worked to give succinct examples about projects he accomplished, usually scrubbing them of dangerous scenes that might make a civilian recruiter uncomfortable.

“I’ve got to change everything from ‘I told soldiers to do pushups’ to ‘I mentored them, I motivated them,’” he said.

Most participants knew they wanted to work, but could not say exactly what kind of field they wanted to pursue. They were united in that they had no interest in leaving the workforce for school or job training.

“I feel that providing for my wife is a little more important than going to school,” said Spc. Adam Kennedy, 24.

He worked in information technology at JBLM, but at Northwest Edge he said he wanted to get away from desk work.

“I am a huge outdoors person,” Kennedy said.

His enlistment is scheduled to end in early September.

“I’m worried about rushing into something, but I have to remember I have a deadline,” he said at an April class.

The program peaked a month later with a networking event at a JBLM restaurant on American Lake. The military service members mingled with recruiters, many of whom they had met during the course of the program.

Larry Phillips, a recruiter for the Oregon-based Pape Group, a collection of companies that supply construction and agriculture businesses, said the military provides “probably the biggest pool talent of all kinds of backgrounds coming into the work force.”

He’s become a regular at JBLM job fairs, looking for people he thinks the company can train.

“I’m kind of more interested in where they’re from,” Phillips said. “They’ve seen life at its best and maybe life at its worst.”

By then, Kennedy had narrowed his job search to look for businesses that would draw on his military training in information technology.

By August, Kennedy had a job offer to become an electronics manager for a company that works at JBLM. He took it and starts this week.

‘I’M ACTUALLY LOVING IT’

Ryan Knight had little to do at the networking event because he’d already landed a job.

The airman grew so nervous as his retirement date approached that he responded to dozens of job ads. One, Tacoma’s Tomlinson Linen Service, liked how he presented himself. The company offered him a job based on his potential to be a manager.

Knight credited Northwest Edge for opening his eyes about new careers.

“They helped me realized I had a lot more to bring to the table than just law enforcement,” he said.

Three months later, he’s at work for the Tacoma company.

“Surprisingly, I’m actually loving it,” even though it’s an entirely different line of work than the military, he said.

“I still get to lead people, meet people and interact with people.”

 

PacMtn gets $5.5M Grant to Aid Transitioning

By Brittany Whitehead bwhitehead@yelmonline.com

In the midst of cuts by the Department of Defense that will cause an estimated 8,000 troops to leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2014 to transition into civilian life, the Department of Labor awarded local nonprofit Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) a $5.5 million National Emergency Grant in December.

Awarded to PacMtn for Thurston and Pierce counties because of their proximity to JBLM, the grant will strictly focus on assisting more than over half of the estimated 1,600 service members projected to remain in Washington during and after transitioning out of the military that will need or want PacMtn’s services.

“These folks do have very high skills and capability but they’ve been used in a military environment, so how do we translate that into civilian success?” said Cheryl Fambles, CEO of PacMtn. “That’s what Sen. (Patty) Murray’s legislation was all about with the VOW to Hire Heroes Act — recognizing that the soldiers gave a lot and still have a lot to give.

“I think what we’re all recognizing is that we have to find resources from a lot of different areas to leverage the success of these soldiers, these airmen, these reservists, so that we’re not just relying on one source to help them get success. When we’re on the base ACAP has a program that provides classes and does résumé workshops, and then we’re able to augment that with these resources now. With this grant we can now spend even more time with these 900.”

In a survey, about 40 percent (3,200) of the 8,000 transitioning troops said they intended to stay in Washington, but Fambles said not all of those will want or need PacMtn’s services.

“Not all of them are going to want our services, or some of them already have jobs or are not ready to be served. In an ongoing basis, we have to be working with people who are ready to be worked with, and wanting and able to go to work,” Fambles said. “Some will want to take off a year or go to school. So then we took 50 percent of those, which is 1,600. So we’re saying we’ll be able to find 900 of those people over the next two years and be able to work with them. We’re just trying to mitigate what the impact on our local economy is.”

The grant will stretch over the course of two and a half years to help 900 service members apply and fine-tune skills learned while in the military for civilian jobs through case management, supportive services and training. All of these services will flow through and under the Camo2Commerce program, a federally funded PacMtn program that assists transitioning service members at JBLM find careers after the military.

Camo2Commerce works closely with the Transition Services at JBLM, as the two play significant parts in helping service members get back into civilian life but in different avenues.

“It’s a great partnership, so we do all the training and help service members with the résumé and practicing interviews, but none of that really matters if there’s not a job on the other side,” said Robin Baker, Transition Services manager at JBLM. “Pacific Mountain has space on post, they came to our career fairs, brought employers to do interviews, we plan events together and refer people to them who might need that extra assistance finding that extra opportunity.

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Camo2Commerce offers service members stability during transition period

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Camo2Commerce team members and partners cut a mini “grand opening” ribbon June 6 at the new Camo2Commerce offices at the “Bud” Hawk Transition Center.

 

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD Often getting hired at a new job can depend on who you know, but at Joint Base Lewis-McChord all service members have an “in” to the career fields they’re investigating after the military.

“We tell businesses why they want to look at the workforce here on JBLM,” said Sean Murphy, Camo2Commerce project director. “Some employees call us first and military members might go to the top of the stack. We want to develop the best process for seamless transitions.”

The Camo2Commerce team at JBLM is using a $5.5 million National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to pay for everything from job training and career counseling to supplies for new jobs and making connections with businesses.

“Getting out of the military is scary, and there is lots of transitioning going on,” said Cheryl Fambles, chief executive officer at Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, a Camo2Commerce partner. “The most important thing for those military members is stability and knowing they will be going into a job.”

Pacific Mountain applied for the grant to pay for the Camo2Commerce program in 2013 after classifying transitioning service members as “dislocated workers,” which the DOL had never before allowed.

The DOL allowed the change in the classification largely because of the reduction in force, which will greatly impact JBLM’s almost 50,000 active-duty members, Murphy said. This will lead to an estimated 8,000 troops exiting the military at JBLM each year during the next four years, he said.

By having this title, service members can tap into the grant money and enroll in the program 12 months before their expiration of time and service up to six months after. In 2015, the team will likely apply to extend the grant, Murphy said.

“It’s a full-service team with a full menu of options,” Murphy said. “We want service members to come in here and say ‘I don’t know what to do next,’ because we can help.”

To accommodate the program’s continued growth, the Camo2Commerce team moved its offices to the Bud Hawk Transition Center on Lewis North, and held its official opening there June 6. Murphy said the organization will continue to have a small presence at the Stone Education Center, its previous location, on Lewis Main.

By moving to the Lewis North building “we get more space and are closer to the Transition Assistance Program, where a lot of the transition work happens,” Murphy said. “Where the TAP stops, at prep work, we keep on going. We are working hard to make sure we are not duplicating efforts.”

Some of the benefits of visiting the Camo2Commerce team are that they can pay half of the service member’s salary for the first three months of his or her civilian employment. This makes businesses more inclined to hire prior-service military and train them in new fields, Murphy said.

They can also purchase equipment for military members, like tools for a construction job or uniforms — requirements of the job.

Another huge benefit is the job training programs that allow transitioning service members to train for high-demand fields in less than 20 weeks, Murphy said. Camo2Commerce partners run most of the programs; some already in full force, with many more starting throughout the year, he said.

One program, the Microsoft Systems and Software Academy, gives service members 12 weeks of training and at the end, if in good standing, they will interview at Microsoft for potential jobs. Several service members have already been hired this way.

“We are working to launch a cloud computing and an advanced manufacturing program in September,” Murphy said. “These two will be followed by programs in human Resources; banking, finance and accounting; health IT; and possibly others in sales and retail management and logistics.”

Murphy added C2C is working to develop workshops in federal and state resume writing, networking and interviewing. He said he wants to share the program with other states and installations.

“We have the intention of becoming the national model,” Murphy said. “We are the only ones to use these grant dollars in the country.”

He said by keeping the program going, his team shows its appreciation to those who serve every day.

“We always get wrapped up in Memorial Day and other holidays, but we need to remember every day,” Murphy said. “This amazing team gets to remember what service members do every day.”

 

http://www.nwguardian.com/2014/06/12/18155/camo2commerce-offers-service-members.html

Camo2Commerce begins work