Microsoft is doing its part to help veterans get back in the workforce with its Elevate America grants and donations of money and software to training and education programs, the company has announced.
Veterans currently have a 10.6 percent rate of unemployment, versus 8.8 percent nationwide for nonveterans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Microsoft has donated funds and technology to six veteran-focused organizations in hopes of providing them with technology skills training, job placement, career counseling and more in hopes of integrating them into the workforce. The organizations include Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc.’s VetWORKS program and Goodwill Industries of Charlotte, N.C.s’ Elevate America’s veterans initiative.
“More and more jobs in every sector of the economy demand technology skills,” said Microsoft U.S. Public Sector VP Curt Kolcun. “By partnering with organizations that have demonstrated expertise in education and skills training programs, we are proud to help provide resources to veterans and their spouses who need these skills to help them in the transition to civilian work and life.”
The company also hosts the Military2Microsoft program, which focuses on recruiting veterans and reservists through Westillserve.com, an online network of current Microsoft employees who are former members of the military.