Empowered UCLA Extension is offering a complimentary online course plus career counseling to any recently honorably discharged U.S. service member or active service member, including their eligible family members.
The offer combines UCLA Extension professional education from a live instructor, who is an expert in his or her field, with hands-on, personalized career counseling. The program is delivered through a groundbreaking Empowered iPad app, which places a community of instructors, peers and experienced career counselors, all just one tap away. To ensure maximum quality and interaction, individual class sizes are limited to approximately one instructor for every 25 students.
Online classes will begin on July 10, 2013, in 10 certificate programs designed to match areas of job growth, including Global Sustainability, Health Care Management, Nonprofit Management, IT Management, Patient Advocacy, College Counseling, Project Management, Financial Planning, Human Resources and Marketing & New Media. Classes are built with maximum flexibility to enable working adults to complete the program within 12 months.
Career Counselors have over 10 years of experience counseling adults on how to enhance, change, and jumpstart their careers. The career counseling is provided while students are enrolled in the course.
Empowered UCLA Extension’s full certificate programs are approved for Veterans Administration Education Benefits. Our in-house veterans affairs and transition expert is available at Empowered UCLA Extension to help address any concerns.
The deadline for early registration is June 5, 2013. This early registration will allow students to increase readiness and provides ample time to get oriented into the program.
All courses last 10 weeks and are graded for class credit from accredited UCLA Extension. Transcripts are available after completing the course.
Call 1-800-EMPOWER or visit www.empowered.com/vets to enroll.
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A decade of sustained combat operations and the resultant pressure they have placed on military members and their families is taking a deadly toll on the nation’s armed forces, particularly the U.S. Army, which has seen record-high suicide rates in 2012, according to Pentagon figures.
By Rebecca Ruiz, NBC News contributor
After 21 years in the Navy, Ashley Gonzalez, 40, had to make a tough choice last year: uproot his family from San Diego for an assignment in Mississippi or retire and rejoin the civilian world.
Gonzalez, a chief petty officer, had previously deployed to counter-narcotic operations in South and Central America and participated in a routine war games exercise on the Korean peninsula. Civilian life, he knew, would be much different. But his daughter, 16, and son, 12, wanted to stay in San Diego, and so began Gonzalez’s transition back to a life he’d left long ago.
Gonzalez was confident at first; after all, he’d spent the past two decades earning a masters degree and learning skills like management, mentoring and public speaking. The shaky economy, however, tested his optimism.
The American Freedom Foundation announces its 4th annual American Freedom Festival San Diego, presented by SKYDEX, taking place Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. aboard the historic USS MIDWAY MUSEUM and featuring the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revisited. This annual concert will celebrate our Veterans and men and women of America’s armed forces at the Party of the Year while benefiting REBOOT, among a few other local charities.
Tickets for the American Freedom Festival San Diego aboard the USS Midway Museum on Saturday, May 25 at 7:30pm are $69.50, $54.50 and $39.50 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets will be available through www.midway.org/freedom and www.americanfreedomfoundation.org . For more information, please visit www.americanfreedomfoundation.org or www.midway.org or call (619) 398-8241.
About The American Freedom Foundation, Inc.
The American Freedom Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation organized to honor the men and women of America’s armed forces, raise awareness for their service and sacrifices and raise money for various organizations that serve and support our Veterans, active duty military, wounded warriors and their families. Special emphasis is directed to welfare and educational issues facing those wounded in action, those disabled and families and children of Veterans killed in action in conflicts throughout the world. Throughout its short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants in excess of $1.1 million to more than 30 military organizations and awarded approximately $1.5 million in scholarships to military spouses and their dependents. The American Freedom Festivals are a series
of concert events that take place across the country featuring music performers, actors, athletes, dignitaries and other supporters, joining together to help support and fulfill the mission of the American Freedom Foundation. www.americanfreedomfoundation.org
“Last year the White House announced a new plan to tackle the high rate of unemployed veterans. Today the president and first lady announced that the ‘Joining Forces’ program was months ahead of schedule and has already helped 290,000 veterans or family members find work or receive career training. While I applaud the focus on tackling the problem of veteran unemployment, there is still more work to be done. As a member of the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus I am actively involved in finding ways to buck the trend of high veteran unemployment.
Governor Pence travels to Fort Wayne today where he will sign the Soldier‘s Tuition bill into law. The bill provides Indiana‘s veteran‘s in-state tuition to the state‘s colleges and universities. Senator Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), who authored the bill, says it is a win-win for Indiana and veterans.
It’s important to understand that our stated mission to employ our heroic armed forces after they have served doesn’t just mean creating jobs. It also means connecting each individual person with a job. And that is a system that is not just in trouble — it’s also dangerous. Because unless you pull back the curtain and look backstage, that system looks fine. Big whirring human resource machines, equipped with measurements, and cubicles and power points and everything. With all of that, the system as it is should work perfectly, right?
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va) bill to help veterans find employment and other resources more easily once entering civilian life was introduced Monday to the U.S. House of Representatives. The Troop Talent Act of 2013 is designed to help veterans effectively translate their military skills and credentials into civilian employment, Kaine said.