Northern Virginia Technology Council's Veterans Employment Initiative Supports
America's Veterans by Providing Better Employment Opportunities
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 11, 2013
Initiative provides tools and resources to match military veterans with jobs,
internships, mentorships and certifications
HERNDON, Va., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Veterans Day, the
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the largest technology council in
the nation, announces its continued support of military veterans through the
NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative's efforts to connect veterans to
employment opportunities within Virginia's technology community.
The Initiative matches veterans with jobs, internships, mentorships and
certifications, while also providing support to member companies in their
efforts to hire, train and retain qualified veteran employees. The Initiative
was launched at ICF International in Fairfax on August 20, 2013 and included
the support of Gov. Bob McDonnell and Sen. Mark Warner, and is being driven by
the Northern Virginia business and technology community, in conjunction with
the region's academic institutions and policymakers.
"Veterans Day is an occasion to honor America's veterans for their patriotism
and service to our country. As business leaders in our region's thriving
technology community, we believe a greater opportunity to support and thank
our nation's veterans is through employment in the civilian careers that
utilize their tremendous skills and experience," said Initiative Co-Chair
David Lucien of DCL Associates.
Through the NVTC online veterans community and job board, a main feature of
the Initiative, Monster and Military.com provide tools designed to assist
service members' transition into the civilian workforce. Veterans can use the
military skills translator to match their skills to civilian jobs, access a
searchable database of jobs at NVTC member companies and tap into educational
resources to help them develop skills to thrive in a private sector career.
Currently, more than 130 companies have jobs posted on the website for a total
of more than 5,000 jobs since the site's launch. In addition, NVTC members can
access a resume database of over 800,000 veterans, state of the art search
tools to find the right potential employee and other tools to post and manage
"Hundreds of NVTC members have signed on to the Initiative because they
recognize that veterans have tremendously valuable skills and experience, such
as leadership, teamwork, self-discipline, problem-solving, quick-thinking and
experience working in a mission-focused environment. These qualities are
highly prized in the private sector, and our members understand that a
workforce with these outstanding qualities can be an incredible competitive
advantage in the marketplace," said Initiative Co-Chair Steve Cooker,
executive vice president of Global Government Solutions for Monster Worldwide.
In addition to the online community, NVTC is hosting a training event on
November 25 to help area companies learn how to recruit, onboard, train and
retain America's veterans, transitioning military and serving National Guard
and Reservists. And on December 3, the organization is partnering with the
Virginia Department of Veterans Services to host a recruiting event to match
companies with qualified veteran, National Guard and Reserve job-seekers.
NVTC is also partnering with the region's colleges and universities to address
the skills gap faced by many veterans as they leave military service and to
match veteran training and certification to the workforce needs of Virginia's
technology sector. In addition, NVTC is collaborating with state and federal
policymakers to expedite legislative and/or regulatory action that enhances
companies' ability to hire and train veterans on any federal contract.
In addition to its member companies and academic institutions, NVTC is working
with several partner organizations, including the Alexandria/Arlington
Workforce Investment Board, the American Red Cross in the National Capital
Region, the America Veterans Center, the Army Women's Foundation, Easter Seals
Serving DC/MD/VA, Final Salute, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the
Professional Services Council, The SkillSource Group, and the Veteran Staffing
Network. These organizations are helping to promote the initiative to the
veteran community, as well as advising NVTC on issues related to veterans'
transition into the civilian workforce.
For more information about the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, visit
www.nvtc.org/veterans. Or visit the veteran online community and resource at
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade
association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest
technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies and
organizations, including businesses from all sectors of the technology
industry, service providers, universities, foreign embassies, non-profit
organizations and government agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC
represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the
nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and
educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy;
branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in
targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship,
workforce and education arenas; the Equal Footing Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The Entrepreneur Center
@NVTC, which mentors new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at www.nvtc.org
SOURCE Northern Virginia Technology Council
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