US Military Veterans Receive Free Training

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2016
Contact:Mr. Alan Day, Senior Director, Halcyon Solutions, Inc.
Phone:(614) 322-3951 Email: aday@halcyonit.com

US Military Veterans of Central Ohio receive free IT training, job placement assistance in high-tech industry

Columbus, Ohio – As the military downsizes, 20 veterans in Central Ohio planning to transition are now better prepared to enter the civilian workforce following a free, specialized national training opportunity provided by IBM and Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit that helps veterans find employment. The training is part of a new Veterans initiative launched by IBM and CASY to help local veterans translate their military experience into high-skilled jobs. The new Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program will provide returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector. More than 400 veterans around the nation will participate in this program this year.

“Our men and women are highly trained and some of the hardest workers out there,” said Joe Gabriel, of Ohio National Guard, Columbus, Ohio. “With that said, sometimes it’s difficult to seamlessly transition military experience into the civilian world. I thank IBM, CASY and Halcyon for providing this training, and for helping us with our efforts to ensure our members remain successful outside of the military.”

The training is part of a new veterans initiative launched by IBM and CASY to help local veterans translate their military experience into high-skilled jobs. The new Veteran Employment Accelerator Grant program will provide returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector. The week-long training and certification course focuses on data analytics software called i2 Analyst’s Notebook. More than 300 veterans around the nation will participate in this program this year.

According to Mohan Viddam, Chairman and CEO of Halcyon Solutions, “Halcyon has been committed for a long time to help Veterans transition into the workplace and this training provided by IBM fits very well with our mission. Since 2011, our Veterans Workforce Development Program has trained many Veterans and helped them find jobs with local employers. We invite other employers and community partners to join IBM and Halcyon that also share our mission in training and hiring Veterans into IT jobs.”

“Our communities have a large population of Veterans, and it is growing every year”, said Kara Byerly, Senior Location Executive for IBM in Ohio. “Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan choose Ohio as their new home because our economy is strong; we offer the greatest diversity in the nation and our support network is excellent. It is critical that employers, schools, and service organizations do their utmost to help prepare our warriors for employment and life in our community. We are all in this together.”

Brigadier General Dana McDaniel, City of Dublin Manager and a Veteran himself, said “We are proud to have Halcyon and IBM/CASY in Dublin providing this great program for our area’s Veterans. We already know our Veterans are skilled, talented and committed individuals. Equipping them with these skills will make them an even greater resource for our companies. We encourage our companies to seek out these talented Veterans for their own team.”

“IBM’s commitment to helping veterans transition to civilian life will help combat unemployment in the military community,” said Erin Voirol, Chief Operating Officer of CASY and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network. “Veterans receive training directly linked to in-demand, skilled jobs. This program supports CASY’s mission, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, IBM and Halcyon, to ensure our returning soldiers are career ready.”

The veterans program is part of IBM’s philanthropic Impact Grants that arm non-profits, government and education institutions with effective tools, skills, and expertise to strengthen their infrastructure, build leadership, and better serve their communities.

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