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VA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

vafacebook_originalVA Launches New No-Cost Training Programs

Programs Designed to Help Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans Develop New Skills and Credentials

WASHINGTON –  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched two new no-cost training programs, Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs) and VA Learning Hubs, to help transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from all eras learn skills, earn credentials, and advance in civilian careers following separation from service.
ALPs and Learning Hubs are part of VA’s Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), promoting education and employment opportunities for Veterans through integrated networks of support in 50 cities. VA launched the VECI program in response to President Obama’s August 2014 challenge to help Veterans and families integrate with their communities and find meaningful jobs that can lead to economic success. Under VA Secretary Robert McDonald’s MyVA transformation, VECI is now in place in cities across the United States.
“My message to transitioning Servicemembers is simple: Plan early and stay engaged, because transition is the mission,” said McDonald. “These two new resources provide no-cost opportunities for our transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans to learn new skills and earn credentials, which can increase their competitiveness during their transition.”
ALPs offer transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans the opportunity to build on their world-class training and technical skills gained through their military service, and earn certifications in high-demand fields.
VA is piloting ALPs this summer with seven courses focusing on building skills and certifications needed to advance in high-demand careers in information technology (IT), as part of the President’s TechHire initiative. Each ALP course is offered at no cost and includes free referral and support services..
The first ALP cohort includes seven courses covering a range of IT-related topics, including:

  • Coding/Programming Boot Camps;
  • 80+ IT Certifications in Hardware, Software, Networking, Web Services, and more;
  • Network Support Engineer Job Training and Certification;
  • Cybersecurity Training and Certification;
  • IT Help Desk Job Training; and
  • IT Boot Camps for Desktop Support and Windows Expertise.

Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans from any era are invited to apply to their choice of courses. Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2015 – seats in the pilot cohort are limited; applicants are encouraged to apply early. ALPs do not involve use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill..  Students are able to participate in these programs while also pursuing other programs of study using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Visit the ALP website to learn more about each program and apply.
VA is also launching Learning Hubs in 27 cities across the country this year in partnership with the American Red Cross, The Mission Continues and Coursera, an online education platform.
Transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans can take advantage of both online and in-person study. Each week, online course modules will be completed outside the classroom while class sessions, led by Learning Hub facilitators, provide opportunities to discuss course materials with peers, hear from subject matter experts, and network. Upon completion of the program, Servicemembers and Veterans may elect to receive one free verified certificate issued by Coursera.
For more information about the VECI or to learn more about VA ALPs and Learning Hubs, contact VeteranEmployment.vbaco@va.gov

2015 Vets Restore

Hey all! It’s that time of year and we are recruiting for Vets Restore 2015. August is right around the corner, and the application process closes on August 14th!

We need to get the word out to apply NOW before missing out on an exciting opportunity!!!

Attached are the Vets Restore flyer and application. The application may be filled out online by clicking on the link in the flyer or printed out and completed. Please make sure that the hard copy applications make it to Candice Corey at the KCVP office in Renton; see contact info below.

Here is the 2015 Vets Restore program timeline:

2015 Program Calendar:

July 6
Application period opens.

August 14
August 18-20

DEADLINE TO APPLY. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
Selected applicant interviews
August 21

Applicant notification

September 14 – October 9
4-week training program in basic preservation practices at Washington Hall: safety, tools skill-building, hands-on carpentry projects, mentoring sessions and field trips

October 12 -December 4
8-week, full-time, paid internships under Lydig Construction at Washington Hall.

December 9


Please contact Candice Corey at 206-477-6989 or Emily Kenna at 206-477-7015 if you have any questions!

Vets Restore 2015

DOL Releases New Webinar in “Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans” Series

The Department of Labor (DOL) and National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) have developed a series of webinars supporting employment for homeless veterans. This webinar series is supported by the NCHV TA Center.

Designed as an education tool for American Job Center Staff, the webinars are a great free resource for service providers. In addition to providing training on employment tools and interventions for new staff members and partner agencies, the webinars can provide a foundation to strengthen your relationship with local AJC staff.

There are now five webinars available through this series – Promoting Employment for Homeless Veterans, Overcoming Barriers to Employment, Building Partnerships with Service Providers, Assisting Ex-Offenders, and the newest addition –Employer Engagement. The webinars are prerecorded and are available at http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/HomelessVeteransWebinars.htm. Find your local AJC here: http://jobcenter.usa.gov/.

Working with Our Troops: Veterans’ & Spouses Career Expo Tickets, Seattle | Eventbrite

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Working with Our Troops: Veterans’ & Spouses Career Expo

WorkSource Seattle-King County, King County Veterans’ Program, and Washington State Convention Center

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

Ticket Information

Working with Our Troops: Veterans’ & Spouses Career Expo Ended Free N/A

Event Details

This event is a partnership between the Washington State Convention Center, the King County Veterans’ Program, and WorkSource Seattle-King County.
We welcome Veterans and spouses to this event for Veterans seeking jobs or wanting to improve their job-seeking skills.
The event will include:
~ Dozens of Employers (see list below)
~ Optional 1-1 resume writing/review session tailored to Vets
~ A presentation for job seekers on presenting yourself in your best light
~ Complimentary beverages, coffee, and boxed lunches
~ Validated parking

Free Shuttle service to/from the Convention Center:
Kitsap County:
Buses depart at 8:30 for the WA State Convention Center and leave back for Kitsap at 1:30
Address: 1950 Mile Hill Drive, Port Orchard WA 98366

Pierce County:
First Bus departs at 9 and Second Bus departs at 9:30, and leave back for Tacoma at 1:30
Address: Tacoma Dome Parking Lot, 727 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

Snohomish County:
Bus departs at 8:30
Address: Smokey Point Naval Support Complex, 13900 45TH Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98271
100+ PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS (subject to change):
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Allegiance Staffing
American Construction Company
Atech Logistics Inc.
Auto Warehouse Company
Bartelson Transportation
Berkshire Hathaway HS Northwest Real Estate
Boeing Company
Brandman University
Bonneville Power Administration
Carlile Transportation
CertainTeed Gypsum
Chameleon Technologies
Commercial Drivers School (CDS)
Community Health Plan of Washington
Coastal Transportation Inc.
Crowley Maritime Corporation
Cummins Northwest
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
Equity Residential
Exotic Metals Forming Company
Falcon Freight Services
Farmers Insurance
Fastenal Company
FedEx Ground
Fikes Products
First Command Financial Planning
First Student
Fisherman’s Finest Inc.
Foss Maritime Company
Gary Merlino Construction
Group Health Cooperative
Hanson Bros. Transfer and Storage Co.
Harris Rebar
HDR Engineering Inc.
Hexcel Corporation
Hoffman Construction Co.
Impel Neuropharma
Indemand Interpreting
Interstate Distributor Inc.
Kelly Services
King County
King County 2-1-1
King County Sheriff’s Office
Lee & Eastes Tank Lines Inc.
Macy’s Bellevue Square
Madden Industrial Craftsmen Inc.
McLendon Hardware Inc.
Oberto Brands
PCL Construction
Perkins Coie LLP
PetroCard Inc.
Pioneer Human Services
Plymouth Housing Group
Port of Seattle
Prince Telecom
Public Safety Testing
Puget Sound Blood Center
Puget Sound Energy
ResCare HomeCare
Resource Recycling Technologies
Ring and Pinion Service, Inc.
Riverstone Residential Group
Republic Parking NW
S&B Truck Service Inc.
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle City Light
Seattle Goodwill
Seattle Parks & Municipal Court
Seattle Police Department
Securitas Security Service USA Inc.
Security Industry Specialists
Service Linen Supply
7-Eleven Inc.
Smart Talent
Sound Community Bank
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Tableau Software
Tacoma Police Department
Thrivent Financial
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA
Tradesmen International
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
US Customs & Border Protection
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs
US Foods
US General Services Administration
UW Medicine NW Hospital
University of Washington Physicians
Washington Health Care Authority
Washington River Protection Solutions
Washington State Convention Center
Washington State Dept. of Ecology
Washington State Dept. of Enterprise Services
Washington State Patrol
Werner Enterprises
World Vision
Yakima Police Department
WorkSource partners are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to people with disabilities.
Have questions about Working with Our Troops: Veterans’ & Spouses Career Expo? Contact WorkSource Seattle-King County, King County Veterans’ Program, and Washington State Convention Center

Veterans Resource Fair at the Tacoma Dome 5/30/15 9-3pm


On Saturday, May 30th, we intend to provide our Veterans community of the Puget Sound area (Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston County’s) with a FREE Veterans Resource Fair that will have providers for the following sections:

· Community Services
· VA Benefits
· Legal Services
· Homeless Services/ At Risk
· Educational Benefits
· Medical Screenings and Dental Resources
· Jobs/Apprenticeship/Training and vocational opportunities
· Female Veterans Resources

· Active Duty Transition Assistance
· Financial Education/ Assistance
· Housing and home ownership
· Justice System Related Reintegration Services
· Disability Claims/ Benefits

· Widows/ Widowers Benefits

This event is a Labor of Love. It is an idea thought up by a few Veterans (Tito and Scot) that when realized, will mean a lot to our fellow Veterans and their families.  In October 2013, two of us started organizing for this event, an event that we plan to have annually.  We looked for the right location.  And we found it at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Next we started looking for partners to aid our mission.  Who’s friendly?    Who’s not?  Who’s willing to work (all on a Volunteer budget) for something that sounds crazy to some, and makes perfect sense to others.  Continuing this large annual Veterans event  (our second year) that can showcase some of the surrounding resources, services, and fellow friends to our community. This year we are partnering with the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide to be the lead 501c3 non-profit financial body and Military Veterans Solutions.

This is a community event that is being put on by Veterans for Veterans and their families.  The Veterans Resource Fair at the Tacoma Dome is a community partnership between various veteran owned agencies, individuals, nonprofits, federal, state, and local county agencies whose aim is to provide an annual and reliable place and event where Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston County Veterans and their families can obtain direct connections / information to many different types of  veteran specific programs and resources.  The National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide is the acting financial body and non-profit organization in this partnership to provide a community based event that will aid Native American, Hispanic, White, African-American, Asian, unemployed, retired and Veterans from all other backgrounds and their families with many different resources and services that the Puget Sound community has to offer.  No one is receiving any salaries, fees, or anything of that nature from this event.  It is being done with the time and sweat of Volunteers, a few unemployed and retired Vets, and others who care.

Sincerely yours,

Event Directors, Tito Alfredo Medina (Enlisted Navy, Submarines!) and Scot Pondelick (Enlisted Army, EOD!)

SSA Job Opportunity for Veterans

The SSA let me know of 2 Veteran Job opprotunities if any VFW member is interested. 
Qualification requirements for the Contact Representative (SR), GS 0962 5/6/7/8, and the OF 612, Optional Application for Federal Employment. Individuals interested in this position can also submit a resume that contains the same information if they prefer. 
Individuals interested in discussing the SR position, should contact me directly via email or phone at 866 494 3970 ext. 15621.
In addition to the resume or application, we would need to see the applicants DD 214 to verify eligibility under the VRA hiring authority.  Documents can also be faxed to my attention at 206-553-4291.
If you are interested please comment below. 

Hire America’s Heroes Career Day at Safeco 8/9/13

This action-packed day includes the following highlights: 

Recruiting Fair 8:00am – 1:00pm 

Meet corporations such as Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, and Starbucks, and many more – companies looking to connect with military job seekers. 

 Skills to Succeed Workshops 

 LinkedIn basics 

 Videotaped practice interviews 

 Veteran Career Coaches 

 ProLango Networking Workshop 

 Job-search opportunities for Military Spouses 


Register NOW – http://hireamericasheroes.org/?p=3951 

Please contact Andrea Nelson with any questions:  andrea@hireamericasheroes.org or 425-652-2389