Boeing donates $50K to support career program for Alabama veterans
Ahead of Veterans Day on Wednesday, the Boeing Company this week announced a $50,000 grant to Alabama-based Still Serving Veterans as part of the company’s continued support of the no-cost Veteran Career & Transition Education Program.
Over the past several years, Boeing has facilitated the development and continued offering of this program, helping thousands of veterans find meaningful employment.
Thanks to Boeing’s generous support, the program will continue to expand and make a positive impact across the Yellowhammer State.
The program includes a series of workshops in which veterans can analyze their skill set, consider what they want to do in their post-military career and life, understand their value in the civilian job market and properly promote their abilities to find jobs that truly match their career and life goals. Per a release, the new grant will sustain the program and provide for a new virtual adaptation, further increasing its accessibility.
In the last three years alone, Still Serving Veterans’ Career & Transition Services team of expert career counselors has assisted more than 2,700 veterans secure quality jobs. They have office locations in Huntsville and Phenix City, as well as a global employment team that can meet remotely.
“A national average of 42% of veterans leave their first post-service job within the first year. That isn’t good for veterans, their families or employers,” stated Still Serving Veterans president and CEO Paulette Risher.
This is where the program comes in.
“By helping veterans focus on what they want to do with their lives, instead of ‘just a job,’ we have not only brought this number down to roughly 10%, but we have facilitated a match between veteran and employer. This serves both our clients and our communities,” Risher continued.
Every Still Serving Veterans career counselor is a veteran who knows firsthand how challenging transitioning out of the military and into a civilian career can be. The Veteran Career & Transition Education Program provides veterans with the guidance they need to figure out what they want to do, while taking their personality, skills, strengths and unique life situations into account.
“At Boeing, our goal is to serve our military heroes and veterans by breaking down the barriers and easing the burden of transition from military to civilian life,” said Tina Watts, community investor for Boeing in Alabama. “We’re honored to partner with Still Serving Veterans to support our heroes as they navigate their next mission in life.”
All Still Serving Veterans services are provided at no charge to either client or employer. To enroll in their Veteran Career & Transition Education Program, call 866-778-4645 or visit the website here.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn