Employment Services for Veterans

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From individual employment counseling, to assistance in all stages of job search, to direct referrals for job openings, to job training, to helping convert military training to civilian credentials, we offer a wide variety of specialized employment and training services to veterans.

Who is Eligible for Services?

To qualify for veterans employment services you must:

  • Have served more than 180 consecutive days on active duty (not for Reserve or National Guard training) and been discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge, OR
  • Have served on active duty and been released because of a service-connected disability, illness or injury, OR
  • Have been a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty, served on active duty during war or in a campaign or expedition, and been discharged or released from duty with other than dishonorable discharge, OR
  • Be the spouse of any veteran living or deceased who qualifies for benefits.

Veterans Career Coaches

We have career coaches available to help service men and women address a wide variety of job-search, job-placement and career-related questions.

They work one-on-one with veterans to provide services custom-tailored to meet individual needs.

Services typically include such things as:

  • Help with developing or polishing resumes and cover letters
  • General job search guidance
  • Information on licensure, certification and apprenticeships
  • Direct referrals to job openings
  • Referrals to other state and federal agencies for additional services

Returning Home

Many returning veterans face career decisions. Some are embarking on civilians careers for the very first time. Some are expecting to resume careers they put on hold for the military. Others may see a return from active duty as an opportunity to take a completely new career path.

Our career coaches can help you make informed choices about education and employment and make your transition back to work smoother, more predicable, and more productive.

They will help you take stock of your current situation, explore career options, set goals, make achievable plans adn develop the job research and job-seeking skills you'll need to turn those plans into reality.

Participants receive detailed information about:

  • How to assess individual skills and talents
  • How to write effective resumes and cover letters
  • How to conduct successful job searches
  • Proper interviewing techniques
  • Licensing and certification requirements
  • Current labor market conditions

Disabled Veterans

In most cases, our Career Coaches can assist the majority of veterans in need of job and career-related services. But veterans who are seriously disabled, blind or burned may need some extra guidance, education or training to get back into work life.

In those cases, our Career Coaches work closely with veterans to help them access a variety of services offered to people with disabilities and who are blind or visually impaired.

Generally, the services are intended to help people with disabilities live and work as independently as possible. The range and type of services available depend upon the nature and severity of the disability, as well as individual goals for career and home life.

Career Coaches may also help coordinate referrals to other local, state, and federal agencies for appropriate services.

Military Experience to Civilian Qualifications

Many veterans are extensively trained in the military for jobs that are equal to many civilian trades and professionals, but they lack the civilian credentials to work in those fields outside of the military such as:

  • Commercial motor vehicle operators
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • X-ray technicians
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers

You may receive guidance on cutting the time and frustration commonly associated with the credentialing process for veterans.

The goal is to help veterans obtain credentials in occupations that are directly related to their military training. For example, a veteran who was trained as a truck driver in the military may be eligible for assistance in training for a commercial driver license.

CNC Machinist Training

  • Program funded to assist veterans interested in CNC Machinist Training
  • Training Site: Training to take place at Glendale Community College
  • Duration: One semester
  • Class Start Date: February 13, 2012
  • Training Days: M-Th 8:00am to 2:00pm

Earnings:

According to LMI, entry level is between $13.00 - $15.00 dollars per hour, median hourly wages for machinists is $17.41 and experienced machinist may earn more than $27.00.

Manufacturing industries employing the largest number of machinists are:

  • Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
  • Metalworknig machinery manufacturing
  • Motor vehicle parts manufacturing
  • Machine shops; turned product; and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing
  • Employment services

Certification and other qualifications:

  • Mechanically inclined
  • Have good problem-solving abilities
  • Be able to work independently
  • Be able to do highly accurate work (tolerances may reach 50/1,000,000ths of an inch)
  • Requires concentration and physical effort. Experience working with machine tools are helpful. In fact, many entrants have worked as machine setters, operators, or tenders.

Upon completion of training case management, job search and placement services will be available.