Teaming up for the Veterans

I am really proud to be associated with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – where the university is ranked as a top school for veterans. The university actively engages with veterans to ensure that they receive all the benefits they have earned and all the guidance they need for a smooth transition.

“We walk our veterans through the whole process,” said Janine Wert, a former case manager for the VA who heads veterans’ services at UMass Lowell, where veteran enrollment has soared from 550 in 2011 to 1,450 today. (Boston Globe 7/2014)

One of the critical elements in assisting veterans in adjusting to both study and work challenges is the university’s teaming up with companies that provide internships, specifically targeted to veterans.   For example, the Peabody Essex Museum has  teamed with Lowell to offer interesting and diversified internships, such as photography, education, and marketing experiences.  You can find the list here: http://www.uml.edu/docs/Winter%20Spring%202015%20Internship%20Postings%20-%20Final_tcm18-155253.pdf

Peabody Essex Museum

Peabody Essex Museum

Now, seriously if you were a veteran and re-entering the civilian workforce, would workingat a museum pop up as your future employer?  Probably not!

College education opens windows that help veterans: discover ways to use their special skills; uncover talents they didn’t know they possessed; and, peak their interest in areas yet unexplored.   Companies and associations can open doors for veterans by teaming up with colleges and universities to provide internships and mentoring experiences.

What about your company?  Can you team up with a college or university and provide work place experiences – like internships or mentoring — for our veterans?

 

 

About mcgntr

About Ann I was lucky and grew up in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts surrounded by the arts, industry, literature, and family. I had a great education-- undergraduate work at Caldwell College and my masters at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I began business life as Training Assistant. Returning east, I continued in the training profession, and ‘fell’ into Human Resources - first, Recruiting and Employment, Director of Human Resources and finally Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Training. I bowed out of the corporate world with the white collar layoffs in early ‘90s – and started a new venture McGill Enterprises: HelpQuick Human Resources Advisory & Training Services. I have enjoyed great opportunities - publishing 3 training books, mentoring HR professionals, creating a wide variety of training programs, writing scripts, and becoming an adjunct professor.
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