New Georgia Tech online course helps veterans transition to corporate life
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published: July 14, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — If you’re a military veteran looking to enter the corporate world, you probably could use some help with the transition.
Now, there’s an online entry-level course designed for that purpose, according to a news release issued by Georgia Tech Professional Education.
The Veterans Education Training and Transition 101 program, goes by the acronym VET2. It was created by Georgia Tech Professional Education, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, to provide employment opportunities and assistance for up to 7,000 veterans from Ft. Benning and Ft. Stewart. It’s free to service members and combines professional education with job experience by partnering “active,transitioning and recently separated service members” with employers for classroom and online instruction. The course will focus on employment “soft skills” such as resume building and interview skills.
“During two decades of serving in the military, I never once had to review a job description, create a resume, or participate in an interview,” said James Wilburn, director of Military Programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. “The VET2 101 program will provide much needed assistance to our men and women transitioning from the service. With the number of soldiers being cut dramatically at bases nationwide, we worked to create an online course that transitioning veterans will be able to access anywhere in the world giving them the skills they need to start the transition process into the corporate workforce.”
The reduction in military force announced in 2015-16 will have the largest impact to Georgia’s military installations – specifically Ft. Benning and Ft. Stewart, according to the news release. The course is based on a book, titled “Boots to Loafers, Finding Your True North,” written by retired Lt. Col. John W. Phillips. Phillips currently collaborates with the Military Program, called VET2, offered through Georgia Tech Professional Education, and his book is required reading for students enrolled.
“We look forward to leveraging the good work of Georgia Tech Professional Education in developing a training system for our state’s military personnel as they transition into the civilian workforce,” said Ben Hames, Deputy Commissioner of Workforce, Georgia Department of Economic Development. “This online course provides us with an additional tool to support our veterans.”
For more information about VET2 101, go to https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah-campus/military-programs.