NASA Education Participant Accepts IT Position

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The first participant to finish training with NASA Education's Project Fresh Start, a jobs program that provides training for displaced, disabled and transitional workers, has accepted a position that will place him in an IT role with an international company.

John Blanchard, executive director of National Association of Systems Administrators Education Corporation (NASA Education), has announced that the first participant to complete the Project Fresh Start Training Program has accepted a position that will place him in an IT role with an international company. The participant will relocate to Indiana and assume his new duties on March 13, 2006.

Project Fresh Start, a new program of NASA Education, prepares displaced, disabled and other transitional workers for careers in the IT industry. NASA Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 by Blanchard, who also is the founder and CEO of National Association of System Administrators, Inc. (NASA) and National Association of System Administrators Corp. (NASA Corp.)

The successful participant, whose name was not disclosed to protect his privacy and that of the hiring company, is a former resident of TLS New Horizons, a transitional shelter for veterans. The hiring company has paid for the candidate’s moving expenses and six months of his living expenses.

“He is about to embark upon a promising, long-lasting, successful career in the IT field that will make the most of his skill and talent, and we couldn’t be prouder of him,” Blanchard said. “I commend our trainers for their dedication to the program and their patience in teaching the trainees. I commend the hiring company for making this deserving individual such a good offer. Most of all, I commend the man himself for his tenacity, his intelligence and his hard work. Bravo Zulus are due all around.”

The participant was referred to NASA Education by Pedro Castillo Jr., the Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist at Illinois Department of Employment Security, Woodstock. In addition to veteran’s organizations, NASA Education accepts referrals of candidates from homeless shelters, disaster relief agencies and other social service entities.

Project Fresh Start sessions take place at NASA’s headquarters in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and are taught by experienced technical specialists and other personnel in IT-related positions.

NASA, which has been certified for ISO 9001:2000 registration by Perry Johnson Registrars (PJR™), is a provider of hardware maintenance and operating support in Crystal Lake, Illinois, that Blanchard founded in 1994. Blanchard founded NASA Corp., a consulting and software development company, in 1998.

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