As veterans attempt to re-enter the workforce following military service, they often face multiple challenges. The skills they've acquired during their tenure in the military may not directly translate to current industry needs. In order to address these issues and empower veterans, SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2) established NS2 Serves, a three-month training course focused on training vets in world-class software solutions that support U.S. national security.
The most recent class, a record 22 military veterans, graduated from the NS2 Serves program, which culminated with each becoming a “Certified SAP Associate,” a globally respected credential that opens doors to multiple career paths across the IT industry.
This was the fourth class to complete the course since the program launched in early 2014, bringing the total number of graduates to 78 veterans. The training program boasts a nearly 100 percent job placement success rate with major U.S. corporations and agencies, with an average annual starting salary of $65,000.
Training is conducted by renowned educators, IT experts and business leaders, and takes place at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va. In addition to technical coursework covering topics such as data modeling, analytics, and business intelligence, the veteran trainees polished critical soft skills including resume building, public speaking, presenting and interviewing.
NS2 Serves Chairman, VADM Joe Kernan, US Navy (ret.) praised the graduatesfor their hard work throughout the challenging curriculum.
“You came to the program equipped with skills you developed in the military¾discipline, persistence and an appreciation for the mission,” he said. “You leave today with a new sense of confidence and a technical skill set that prepares you for the next step in your civilian careers.”
However, the most moving words came from the graduating veterans themselves:
“This program is everything I expected to be. It wasn’t a hand-out¾that’s what attracted me to it. It was intense. I stand here today more confident and equipped with skills that I can take to employers and say, ‘Hey¾this is what I can do.’” – Orlando Tyrell, U.S. Navy veteran
“There are so many opportunities in this program to fail, but there are so many people around you, the classmates, the teachers. No veteran here wants a hand-out; no veteran here got a hand-out. We all worked very hard. Through teamwork, we made the most of a phenomenal opportunity.” – Casey Traxler, U.S. Army veteran
“I thought I was at the top¾I’m young, I’m motivated, I’ve been in the military, I have a degree…and no one gave me a second chance. So many interviews, so many contacts to go through every day, and nothing. And these guys¾they see the potential that each and every one of us has, and they’ve invested so much into us. And for that, I hold a lifetime of gratitude.” – Marvin Rodriguez, U.S. Army veteran
NS2 Serves is an independent, nonprofit organization established by SAP National Security Services, Inc. to give back to the community it serves¾the people of the U.S. national security community. NS2 Serves offers valuable training and employment assistance to recent veterans who have served our country’s national security needs. Full-time, paid participants are trained in world-class software solutions that support U.S. national security, leading to certifications that are valuable in many career paths in the U.S. and around the world. Further details on the program and instructions on how to apply for the next round of classes are at www.NS2Serves.org.
- Issue: 11
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