Novem­ber de­clared Hire A Vet­eran Month

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

Gov­er­nor Larry Hogan has signed an of­fi­cial procla­ma­tion des­ig­nat­ing Novem­ber as “Hire A Vet­eran” Month in Mary­land. The month-long ob­ser­vance raises aware­ness of vet­eran em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, and fa­mil­iar­izes cit­i­zens, busi­ness, and oth­ers with the many work­force ser­vices avail­able to vet­eran job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ers.

The procla­ma­tion was pre­sented by Lt. Gov­er­nor Boyd Rutherford at a spe­cial event at the Anne Arun­del County Ca­reer Cen­ter in Linthicum Heights, Md. He was joined by Anne Arun­del County Ex­ec­u­tive Steve Schuh, Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Ge­orge Owings, La­bor Sec­re­tary Kelly Schulz, Anne Arun­del Work­force De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (AAWDC) Pres­i­dent Kirk­land Mur­ray, and Cisco Se­cu­rity Busi­ness Group Vice Pres­i­dent and Chief Ar­chi­tect Martin Roesch.

“Mary­land’s 380,000 vet­er­ans are a tremen­dous as­set to our work­force,” said Gov­er­nor Hogan. “Through­out the month of Novem­ber, we en­cour­age both vet­eran job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ers to ex­plore the many work­force ser­vices, pro­grams, and in­cen­tives our state of­fers to help em­ploy this highly skilled part of our work­force.”

Through­out Novem­ber, Mary­land agen­cies will in­crease em­ploy­ers’ aware­ness of the ser­vices and in­cen­tives avail­able for hir­ing vet­er­ans, and vet­er­ans’ aware­ness of Mary­land’s work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that can help them build and grow in their civil­ian ca­reers. More than nine per­cent of Mary­land’s adult pop­u­la­tion have served in the U.S. mil­i­tary.

“Vet­er­ans of­fer Mary­land busi­nesses nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing a unique and var­ied skill set, ed­u­ca­tion, lead­er­ship, and ded­i­ca­tion ob­tained dur­ing their ser­vice to our coun­try,” said Lt. Gov­er­nor Rutherford. “Our goal in the month of Novem­ber is to in­crease the pub­lic’s aware­ness of the many ways Mary­land can help ease the hir­ing process for both our vet­er­ans and job cre­ators.”

At to­day’s event, the AAWDC rec­og­nized part­ners in their Mil­i­tary Corps Ca­reer Con­nect (C3) pro­gram, which pro­vides em­ploy­ment ser­vices for tran­si­tion­ing ser­vice mem­bers, ac­tive duty spouses, and re­cently sep­a­rated vet­er­ans. Funded by a $4.3 mil­lion U.S. De­part­ment of La­bor Na­tional Dis­lo­cated Worker Grant, C3 of­fers ca­reer plan­ning, coach­ing, on-the­job train­ing, work op­por­tu­nity tax cred­its, and more to help job­seek­ers and em­ploy­ers.

Fur­ther, Cisco an­nounced the ex­pan­sion of their suc­cess­ful Cy­berVet­sUSA train­ing pro­gram to el­i­gi­ble Mar yland vet­er­ans, tran­si­tion­ing ser­vice mem­bers, mil­i­tary spouses, and mem­bers of the re­serves and Na­tional Guard in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a cy­ber­se­cu­rity ca­reer. The self-paced, on­line cour­ses in cy­ber­se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions, soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing, net­work se­cu­rity, and more are of­fered at no cost to pro­gram par­tic­i­pants. The Mary­land launch of Cy­berVet­sUSA will train at least 200 vet­er­ans who live and work in Mary­land, a train­ing and sup­port com­mit­ment ex­ceed­ing $750,000.

“Over the past four years, we have low­ered our vet­eran un­em­ploy­ment rate by five per­cent, but our work is not done,” said La­bor Sec­re­tary Kelly Schulz. “Mary­land is con­tin­u­ously work­ing for our vet­er­ans, and pro­grams like Mil­i­tary Corps Ca­reer Con­nect and Cy­berVet­sUSA are help­ing us train and em­ploy the brave men and women who have served our coun­try faith­fully, and help them be­gin the next chap­ter of their lives.”

To learn more about Mar yland’s vet­eran-fo­cused work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, visit http:// www.dllr.state.md.us/em­ploy­ment/vet­er­anser­vices. shtml.

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