New Mini-Documentary Highlights How Two Nonprofits Have Partnered to Prepare Veterans for Post-Military Careers

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WorkingNation follows Workshops for Warriors and Hire Heroes USA as they equip veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce with advanced manufacturing skills

This is a MUST SEE documentary for all military veterans seeking a sustainable career path after service.

Salute to Skills” is a new mini-documentary from WorkingNation that follows 23-year-old Zachary Pierobello as he makes the transition from military service to a successful career in advanced manufacturing.

The video is available to view here.

The documentary was produced by WorkingNation, a national nonprofit campaign working to expose hard truths about a skills gap crisis in the United States and bring the country together to create and amplify solutions.

In the 5-minute documentary, we learn how Workshops for Warriors is putting transitioning veterans like Pierobello through an intensive 16-week accredited STEM training program, equipping them with skills that make them desirable candidates for the 2.3 million open jobs in advanced manufacturing.

As part of this unique partnership, Hire Heroes USA also works with the veterans on the soft skills they will need – like resume building, networking and interviewing – for a successful civilian job search.

Together, Workshops for Warriors and Hire Heroes USA are putting these qualified U.S. veterans on a path toward sustainable, good-paying post-military employment.

“Veterans often come out of military service with a particular experience that doesn’t immediately translate to a career in the civilian workforce, and are therefore too often overlooked for civilian careers,” said Hernan Luis y Prado, founder and CEO of Workshops for Warriors. “As the only accredited program in the country providing advanced manufacturing training for veterans, we are building off their valuable career experience in the military and fast-tracking them toward a sustainable, good-paying career in in-demand industries.”

“For many military men and women, the civilian job search process is a struggle,” said Christopher Plamp, chief executive officer of Hire Heroes USA and a decorated Air Force combat pilot. “Through this partnership with Workshops for Warriors, Hire Heroes USA is able to supplement the certifications these veterans receive with the employment guidance and tools they need. We help them translate their success in the classroom into a well-paying job.”

The video is part of WorkingNation’s “Do Something Awesome” series, consisting of heartfelt, human mini-docs that shine a light on programs across the country working to prepare Americans for jobs of the future.

Each episode in the “Do Something Awesome” series highlights a different scalable program that is working to create a more sustainable workforce in a rapidly changing U.S. economy.

Collectively, the episodes illuminate a broader and often difficult to understand narrative facing the United States – that the world of work is changing faster than we ever could have predicted, and we are not ready.

By highlighting these corporations, nonprofits and individuals, WorkingNation is providing a wide audience with information on emerging careers, pathways to steady jobs, and successful programs that other organizations can adapt for their respective communities, across multiple industries.

Watch every episode of the “Do Something Awesome” series here.

ABOUT WORKINGNATION
Founded by philanthropist and venture capitalist Art Bilger, WorkingNation exists to expose hard truths about the looming unemployment crisis and bring the country together to create new jobs for a changing economy. Bilger serves as CEO of WorkingNation and has assembled a team of talented journalists and media and non-profit executives to carry out the mission. WorkingNation’s efforts include a series of original programming from award winning directors and producers as well as other forms of interactive multimedia outreach to everyday Americans.

For more information, visit WorkingNation.com.

ABOUT WORKSHOPS FOR WARRIORS
The mission of Workshops for Warriors is to provide quality hands-on training, STEM educational programs and opportunities to earn third-party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.

To learn about enrollment or donating to help support the program and its mission, visit our website. Additional information can be found on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

ABOUT HIRE HEROS USA
Hire Heroes USA provides free employment services to thousands of transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses every year, and it is the leading veteran service organization specifically targeting the issues of unemployment and underemployment among veterans. Services provided by the national nonprofit include: civilian and federal resume assistance, mock interviews, online workshops, training modules, virtual career fairs, and an exclusive job board. Headquartered in the Atlanta metro area, with additional branch offices around the country, Hire Heroes USA has earned Charity Navigator’s highest possible 4-star rating for a third consecutive year and it also has a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency.

For more information about our mission, services and how to get involved as a corporate partner, employment partner, donor or volunteer, visit hireheroesusa.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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