White House, Industry Partner to Train Vets in Telecommunications Jobs
By Katerina Athanasiou
The White House this week announced the launch of “Warriors 4 Wireless” (W4W), a new non-profit program that will help veterans find employment in the telecommunications industry. W4W will offer training and certification, and connect vets to job openings. The program hopes to place more than 5,000 veterans in wireless jobs by 2015.
A pilot W4W program ran in Washington, DC in 2012. The trial, run by Dynis, a telecommunications and network services company, included approximately 50 veterans; eighty six percent of participants were placed in jobs. The nationally launched program now receives additional support from American Tower, Cisco, PCIA, the Competitive Carriers Association, PricewaterhouseCoopers, T-Mobile, MasTec Network Solution, Midwest Underground Technology Inc. and more.
Along with providing our nation’s servicemen and women with viable jobs, the program hopes to answer the demand for skilled workers in the telecommunications field. W4W will work with Department of Defense Transition Assistance program coordinators to find suitable candidates and publicize opportunities. In addition to participating in recruiting events with wireless companies, W4W will design educational programs to train veterans hired through the program.
Also this week, the Ciena Corporation announced a new program with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to offer qualified, honorably discharged, retired and active duty service members access to the company’s technology certification programs for free. Spots will be reserved for veterans in each of the company’s industry-leading Carrier Ethernet certification and Optical Communications associate level degrees. These courses are offered at over 50 accredited colleges around the world, making the opportunity internationally accessible to veterans.