New program connects unemployed Norfolk Veterans with jobs

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, a military veteran, right, talks with a Career Source Broward veterans outreach representative about employment opportunities at a job fair in Pembroke Pines, Fla. On Thursday, July 14, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The City of Norfolk has launched a program to help connect unemployed Veterans to the job market.

TechForce is a community partnership between the city, Opportunity Inc. and Social Impact Collect (SIC).

“The level of interest we have already received in Norfolk is indicative of why we launched TechForce in Norfolk,” said Anthony Dale, CEO and Founder of Social Impact Collective. “The City of Norfolk has proven its commitment to veterans with its innovative initiatives, and we are happy to contribute to the successful programming from the City.”

The program will provide training for veterans and their spouses who have an interest in information technology. The participants will receive a salary during the process. Training Topics include Windows server administration, Cyber Security with a focus on Cisco networking, and Microsoft Technology Associate certification.

To qualify, a veteran must meet the following criteria:

● Norfolk Resident

● Honorable discharge

● Serve at least 180 days in the military

● Serve after September 11, 2001

● If currently employed, make less than $13.00 an hour

● No felony convictions

Qualified vets can apply on the SIC website: http://socialimpactcollective.com/contact/