A new program plans to give veterans and military spouses interested in the tech industry free education, paid fellowships at one of 400 employers nationwide, and access to a network of employers looking to hire.
Announced Tuesday via a webinar, the program, known as Career Forward, is operated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and funded through a $10 million grant from Google. The funding pays for 8,000 participants to use the program.
Participants will move through a three-step career process. First, they will earn Google career certificates via an online education platform, Coursera. After finishing the certificate program, which takes between three and six months, they can be placed in a 12-week paid fellowship in one of the Hiring Our Heroes network companies. Finally, once they’ve completed the certification and fellowship, they can access Google’s employer consortium, which considers program graduates for related job openings.
“We know that a traditional four-year degree is not for everyone, or the only pathway to career success,” Eric Eversole, the president of Hiring Our Heroes, said during the announcement event. “Credentials, such as career certificates, send a clear message to employers that a candidate has the skills, drive and commitment to succeed in any role.”
The program is open to all veterans, active-duty and veteran spouses, and active-duty members preparing to transition out of…