US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, recently visited Teltech Communications to attend a roundtable comprised of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) executives and representatives from a number of local and state NGOs focused on ensuring career training and placement of US Veterans into the ICT sector.
Every year, about 250,000 service members leave the U.S. Armed Forces and often experience challenges in securing full time employment. The growing ICT sector is a bright spot in the economy and offers stable and secure career opportunities for US veterans.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts that nearly 1.5 million jobs will be created in the ICT sector by 2020. At the same time, the BLS forecasts a shortage of nearly 1 million personnel to fill those positions but may require some additional training to leverage their military experience and be qualified for those career opportunities.
In response to that need, Kelley Dunne formed Warriors 4 Wireless three years ago to train wireless technicians from the pool of qualified servicemen and women looking to leverage the skills they learned in the military. W4W provides training and advanced certification for veterans looking to start their careers in the ICT sector.
Teltech Communications has become an avid partner with W4W and helps the initiative in a number of ways. The company has built an indoor training facility and classroom at Teltech’s facility in Carrolton, Texas. Additionally, W4W and Teltech hold advance training and rigging classes at Teltech’s facility in Powderhorn, Colorado. For many W4W graduates, Teltech is able to place those graduates into immediate employment in its Gray Wolves telecom division.
Robert McDonald, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, speaks with Lisa Hanlon, CEO of Teltech Communications and Kelley Dunne, CEO of Warriors4Wireless as group of US veterans train at Teltech’s indoor climbing facility.