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New veteran program offers free job training

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 8:17pm

The First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new private-public partnership aimed at helping military service members get credentials for high-tech jobs.

The new initiative is called the "IT Training and Certification Partnership" which will help service members earn industry approved civilian certifications in IT, Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare and Transportation.

"They do everything. They are medics and engineers they are drivers, welders, there are folks like Sgt. Hall with years of experience at the highest levels of our military and they are imminently qualified to do the very jobs that employers across this country are desperate to fill. But too often, because of red tape or outdated rules or simple lack of coordination, our men and women in uniform come home only to find that the training and experience they've gotten from their time in uniform simply doesn't count." said Michelle Obama.

The Department of Health and Human Services also announced it plans to administer grants to help veterans with health care experience earn nursing licenses.

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