March 13, 2014

Offer Programs for Transitioning Veterans

WNC Joins National Gets Skills to Work Initiative

The national Get Skills to Work Initiative has announced that more than 50 colleges are now part of the coalition of industry, educators, and non-profit organizations helping veterans discover careers in advanced manufacturing.

Get Skills to Work, a partnership among the Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and more than 500 manufacturing companies, will work with these institutions of higher education to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.

“The Manufacturing Institute is proud to partner with these outstanding schools who are committed to investing in veterans and workforce training that has a real impact in communities across the country,” said Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute. “Working with educators and employers, we are creating real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing careers.”

As more community and technical schools join Get Skills to Work, we are fulfilling our commitment to up-skill veterans and connect them with local manufacturing job opportunities.

"Western Nevada College is very pleased to be a part of the Manufacturing Institute's Get Skills to Work initiative,” said David Steiger, director of WNC’s economic development initiatives. “In collaboration with our Veterans Resource Center, we will be able to offer veterans training in the technical skills that manufacturing employers are seeking," he said.

At a time when the manufacturing industry has a well-documented skills gap, veterans represent an important pipeline of talented workers. Many veterans have training and experience that match up to manufacturing careers, in areas as diverse as welding, machining, logistics, and maintenance. For those veterans requiring additional training and industry certifications to prepare for the civilian manufacturing workforce, accelerated postsecondary programs can bridge the gap for transitioning veterans. That is why expanding educational opportunities through Get Skills to Work is so important to the manufacturers in the coalition. The schools prioritize veterans in their training programs, align programs to manufacturing industry certifications, and maximize opportunities for veterans to use their GI Bill and other benefits toward technical training.

The full list of schools engaged can be found here: Schools, companies and veterans interested in joining this effort or learning more can visit or join us on Facebook at and Twitter @GetSkillstoWork.
Below is a list of states with our partnering institutions that are committed to training veterans:

Maricopa County Community College District

El Camino College

Broward College
Daytona State College
Florida Gateway College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Gulf Coast State College
Hillsborough Community College
Indian River State College
Palm Beach State College
Pasco-Hernando State College
Polk State College
St. Petersburg College
Florida (cont’d)
State College of Florida -- Manatee - Sarasota
Tallahassee Community College
Valencia College

Wichita Area Technical College

Danville Area College
Elgin Community College
Harper College
Illinois Valley Community College
Kankakee Community College
Kishwaukee College
Prairie State College
Richard J. Daley College
Southwestern Illinois College
Triton College
Waubonsee Community College

Ivy Tech Community College Southwest

Des Moines Area Community College

Dunwoody College of Technology
South Central College

Western Nevada College

North Carolina
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Cleveland Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Halifax Community College

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Lorain County Community College
Stark State College

Francis Tuttle Technology Center

Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Lancaster County Career & Technology Center
Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

Alamo Colleges
Houston Community College
Lone Star College System
Tarrant County College District

ECPI University

Gateway Technical College

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
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Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
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