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Cayuga Community College Receives Funding From the Walmart Foundation for Veteran Vocational Education

DATE: 11-11-2013

The Walmart Foundation today announced Cayuga Community College as a recipient of grant funding to support veteran vocational education. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University received the initial $1 million grant and Cayuga Community College is one of 11 community and technical colleges selected throughout California, New York, Texas, and North Carolina to receive a portion of the funding from the Walmart Foundation. Across the nation, these grants will seed, cultivate and provide technical assistance to a network of workforce development-focused programs at colleges that will leverage skills, training, credentialing, and other efforts to advance the employment situation of veterans and transitioning service members.

Cayuga Community College's program, Commissioned for Success (C4S), seeks to build supportive and inclusive academic and workplace environments in which all veterans can thrive. This will be accomplished through educational outreach to student veterans, college faculty and staff, and local employers. Student veterans will participate in interactive workshops to enhance their knowledge, skills and ability to apply vet-specific best practices during the job search process. College faculty and staff will participate in professional development on vet-specific topics including combat-related disabilities. Local employers will be invited to workshops with similar foci with additional information on HR topics related to hiring veterans. This holistic approach broadens the community conversation about veteran re-integration and inclusion and increases the potential for larger social and economic outcomes, including hiring wounded warriors. It will positively impact the level of trust and open dialogue between veterans and the professionals with whom they interact.

The program is part of the Walmart Foundation's $20 million dollar commitment to address veteran issues. In addition to this funding commitment from the Walmart Foundation, Walmart pledged that over the next five years, it will hire 100,000 veterans who honorably left the military in the last year. Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country. The program, which kicked off on Memorial Day, will include jobs mostly in Walmart stores or Sam's Club locations.

"A college community that understands veteran issues is more likely create a veteran-supportive learning environment. Employers who understand the unique skill sets that veterans offer and who are informed on veteran disability issues are more likely to hire veterans and implement best practices that support their on-the-job success. Student veterans who make informed educational and career path decisions and who develop their job application/interview skills are more likely to seek employment and be hired.", says project manager Janet Nelson, Director of Adult Learning at Cayuga Community College. "We are excited to have the opportunity, through funding by the Walmart Foundation, to prepare a workforce that will help spur local economy and build community resources for veterans."

The complete list of colleges and universities who have received funding from the Walmart Foundation for veterans vocational training programs include:

CaliforniaNorth CarolinaNew YorkTexas
Goodwill Industries of Orange County – Veterans Vocational Accelerator Consortium Wake Tech CC – Accelerated Career Transformation Services Cayuga CC – Commissioned for Success (C4S) Tarrant County College – Vocational Acceleration for Military Veterans of Tarrant County Project
Workshops for Warriors – Workshops for Warriors (WFW) Fayetteville State University – Service Source Warrior Bridge Jefferson CC – Health Information Technology Del Mar College – Pathways With a Purpose
    Fordham University  – Edge4Vets at Airports Austin CC – Two Paths To Work (2P2W)
    LaGuardia CC – Career Ladders for Veterans  

About the IVMF

As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation's veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans' community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. Visit vets.syr.edu for more information. Follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, VetNet and LinkedIn.

About the Walmart Foundation

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women's Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Walmart has donated more than one billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart's giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.