The Walmart State Giving Program awarded the Center of Workforce Innovations a grant for $100,000, November 10 at the 10th Annual Valparaiso Rotary Club’s Veteran’s Recognition Day Luncheon. The event was a fitting venue for the presentation as the grant will support the CWI project, called Talent Gain, to assist returning veterans secure employment.
Talent Gain will focus on placing returning vets to our region with employment in high-demand jobs like advanced manufacturing and transportation-distribution-logistics. These industries not only recognize the work skills veteran’s received while on active duty, they also acknowledge their integrity, loyalty, work ethic, and their ability to function well under pressure. “We look forward to growing and moving this initiative forward with the generosity of Walmart,” said Linda Woloshansky, President of the Center of Workforce Innovations. “Assisting our returning vets by working to place them in positions, is very gratifying,” she adds.
“Walmart through its State Giving Plan is pleased to support community programs like Center of Workforce Innovations’ veteran re-employment project,” said Jason Wetzel, senior manager of public affairs for Walmart in Indiana and Ohio. “This is Walmart’s way of continuing to serve the community and our commitment to help our military personnel while oversees and when they return, and help their families as well.”
The Center of Workforce Innovations’ project is committed to the re-employment of recently separated veterans and their spouses by facilitating job placement prior to their return to the community. CWI overseeing the One Stop Career System has access to a range of veterans' services and the Indiana Job Service. Yet these resources are not enough to show our commitment to, and support of, our returning military and their families. Job search, even with the use of the Internet, is difficult because of the large number of applicants for every job. The project is relatively straight-forward. Web cameras donated from major companies are placed in One Stop offices and pre-exit military transition facilities. Area employers then agree to post job openings, and interview via Web-cams, candidates prior to their return to the area using VOIP. We believe companies making this level of commitment to those who have served our country will give those returning not only an edge on being the candidate of choice, but also dramatically reduce the length of time between their return and re-employment.