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First Lady Announces New Certification Partnership to Help Veterans Get High-Tech Jobs

Apr 30, 2013

On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public- private partnership that will provide the opportunity for thousands of service members to get credentials for high demand IT jobs before they leave military service.

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The IT Training and Certification Partnership initiative will help connect the transitioning workforce to employers actively hiring across the country.

At the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing event, the First Lady explained that the program will provide an opportunity for 160,000 service members to earn "industry-recognized" information technology (IT) certifications, which will help ease an often challenging transition that military members face as they leave their careers for civilian jobs.

"Too often because of red tape, or outdated rules, or simple lack of coordination, our men and women in uniform come home only to find that the training and experience they've gotten during their time in uniform simply doesn't count," the First Lady said. "Or they discover that the credits that they've earned in military courses don't actually transfer when they enroll in college, so they're turned away from jobs that they're more than qualified to do."

The partnership will provide the servicemen and-women an opportunity to obtain 12 different high-demand high tech careers ranging from quality assurance engineers to IT security analysts.

According to the White House website, the partnership is part of the Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, which was created by the Department of Defense under President Obama in 2012, and serves to identify military specialties that transfer to the private sector, and connects servicemen and-women to licensing and certifications in industries where skilled workers are in demand, such as manufacturing, information technology, and transportation and logistics, among other industries.

Several major companies, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft Corp., Oracle, CompTIA NetApp, Hewlett-Packard, Futures, Global Knowledge, Gogo Training, SANS Institute, and Global Information Assurance Certification, are committing to the initiative and will encourage and help the military. Cisco Systems has partnered with Futures, Inc. to develop the IT Training and Certification Program that matches "Military Occupation Codes (MOCs) with private sector core technology career paths."

A comprehensive list of participating companies and their specific efforts can be found here.