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K-State Today

March 15, 2018

Kansas State University partners with career skills program for veterans

Submitted by Division of Communications and Marketing

Kansas State University is partnering with an accelerated training program that assists transitioning service members into rewarding careers in manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C., created the Heroes MAKE America program, a full-time 10-week career skills program, in an effort to build a pipeline from military to manufacturing careers for transitioning service members. The program provides veterans with the industry specific skills and certifications they need to succeed in the manufacturing workforce.

The Heroes MAKE America pilot program launched in early 2018 at Fort Riley in partnership with the U.S. Army Soldier for Life office and the USO Pathfinder program at Fort Riley.

As part of the program's benefits and certifications, K-State facilitates the CliftonStrengths assessment and partners with KansasWorks to offer assistance in resume and cover letter writing and mock job interviews.

The program gives manufacturers direct access to industry-credentialed and industry-qualified veteran candidates with workplace skills; reduces on-the-job-training expenses; enhances job productivity; and supports our nation’s heroes during their transition to civilian employment.

Fort Riley's inaugural class will graduate on March 16 at the Riley Convention Center.

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