POUGHKEEPSIE – Building on IBM’s commitment to hire 2,000 veterans in the United States over the next four years, leaders from IBM, Dutchess Community College, and Corporate America Supports You (CASY) joined forces this week on the community college campus.
This joint effort is part of a free nationwide training initiative that will certify veterans in the use of IBM software widely used by law enforcement, cybersecurity, and national security agencies. Commercial banking and insurance companies also use this software to investigate fraud or other criminal activity. CASY is a national non-profit that specializes in job placements for veterans.
“We’re excited and very pleased to partner with IBM on this remarkable opportunity for veterans,” said Dr. Pamela Edington, president of Dutchess Community College. “Our Military Friendly School and NYSID Battle Buddy designations, and our highly successful Veterans Resource Center, reflect our commitment to those who have served our country. This collaborative is another initiative that will support our veterans in acquiring job-ready skills and meaningful employment.”
The training is part of a Veterans initiative launched by IBM and CASY to help local veterans translate their military experience into high-skilled jobs. The 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 free week-long training and certification course incorporates IBM’s industry leading i2 Analyst’s Notebook software. More than 400 veterans around the nation will participate in this program this year.
“We have to give our vets a hand when they transition back into civilian life after serving and sacrificing for our country – and obviously a big part of that is getting them hooked up with employment and education,” said U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “This new initiative by IBM is a big deal and it’s just good sense for everyone involved – veterans get the good-paying, 21st century jobs and training they deserve, and IBM gets hardworking and talented new employees who have already proven their dedication and ability. This program is a win-win and I want to thank IBM for putting their money where their mouth is to help out our vets.”
A widening gap exists between available, qualified, cybersecurity professionals and unfilled positions. This gap is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022. Programs designed to build in-demand technology skills are needed to prepare veterans for “new collar” careers — skilled positions, such as data and cybersecurity analysts, positions that require specific skills but not a traditional education.
“This IBM skills training partnership with the Dutchess Community College, and its expanding New Collar Community College partnerships, are exciting efforts to bring next generation IT skills, internships, apprenticeship, and job opportunities to our community,” Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive said. “This is a true win-win – helping businesses fill positions essential to growing our economy and creating opportunities for our veterans who have served our country with distinction.”
“IBM recognizes the importance of public/private collaboration in shaping fast paths for service members to gain skills necessary for the New Collar jobs of tomorrow. As a New York employer, we are proud to partner with CASY and Dutchess Community College to provide training opportunities for our service members,” said Sheila Appel, IBM Director U.S. Corporate Citizenship initiatives. ”Veterans cultivate skills in the military that are invaluable in the workplace. This program is designed to hone our local veterans’ expertise by equipping them with software certification and job placement assistance in high-growth, New Collar careers.”
“IBM’s commitment to helping veterans transition to civilian life will help combat unemployment in the military community,” said Amy Rossi, CASY Co-Founder and Director. “Veterans receive training directly linked to in-demand, skilled jobs. This program supports CASY’s mission, in partnership with IBM to ensure our returning soldiers are career ready.”
The Veterans Employment Initiative 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.