U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Launches Boots to Business Reboot

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

Navy Launches “Recruit Reboot” War Game to Help Train Future Sailors

Recruit Reboot is a new interactive game to evaluate the most effective training practices at Recruit Training Command. Signups are now open for all Navy personnel to play from April 25-May 13. Playing will help provide the best possible Sailors to the fleet and shape the 21st Century Navy.

Announcing San Diego’s Military & Veterans Community Calendar

Military & Veterans in San Diego now have a unique Community Calendar that has the potential to serve as a hub for all military & veteran activities throughout the county. Made possible through a grant from US Bank, the calendar features free postings and universal access via multiple websites. Users can subscribe to the calendar’s automatic notification feature and receive weekly notices about events and activities. With this calendar you will never miss another important event.

To see it in action visit http://sdvetscoalition.org/calendar/

Attend the Water/Waste Water Industry Overview and Find Your Next Career!

Attention – Transitioning Military, Veterans and Spouses!

You are invited to attend a special Water/Waste Water Industry networking session for transitioning military and veterans hosted by the American Water Works Association & Water Environment Federation (AWWA|WEF) on Friday February 26 from 4 to 5:30PM at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Please join us for an in-depth look into this reliable industry that represents thousands of jobs across America. Meet managers, directors, and key decision makers during this unique networking opportunity and find out if a career in this industry is for you.

The Water and Wastewater Industry provides veterans with a chance to continue a mission-oriented career that directly gives back to the community where you live.

Here are the benefits of attending:

You will have a chance to learn about careers in the Water/Waste Water Industry as well as network with hiring managers, industry leaders from across the country and other military/veterans during a special evening event just for veterans.

Also:

  • Join a recession-proof industry that is always hiring because of a constant and growing need for safe and clean water.
  • There are current openings from entry level through supervisory and management across the Industry.
  • Water and Wastewater jobs are everywhere- urban, rural and everywhere in between-since every community has a need for access to safe water.
  • Careers in technical operations, engineering, management, customer service and more are available with utilities, city and county government and private service providers.
  • Benefits of jobs in the Water and Wastewater Industry are comprehensive and similar if not identical to military benefits, including organization sponsored pensions.
  • Jobs are portable. If you ever need to relocate, your knowledge and skills are transferrable and positions are available.

Register here

NVTSI To Promote Industry Overviews for Veterans In 2016

Welcome to OPERATION REBOOT – An Initiative to Reboot the Lives & Careers of Transitioning Service Members and Veterans and Promote a Strong Economy.

Beginning in February 2016, in addition to our REBOOT Workshops, NVTSI/REBOOT will feature monthly Industry Overviews to inform transitioning service members and veterans of the various career paths available to them in key industry sectors with projected high job growth.

The format will consist of an overview of the industry and a panel of experts to answer questions regarding the hiring process, training requirements, and the company’s workplace environment. The overviews will last no more then two (2) hours and will generally be held in the mornings.

To register for a overview click the image below to go to our events page.

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Click here to download a copy of the flyer for print and distribution.

Shop on AmazonSmile over the Holidays and Seamlessly Donate to REBOOT

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To help us expand REBOOT to other transitioning service members and veterans the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate a percentage of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NVTSI (National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.) to support REBOOT Workshops.

Want to put your holiday shopping towards a good cause? Here’s How You Can Help:
Head on over to Smile.Amazon.com and choose National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. as your charitable organization of choice.

Using a new or existing Amazon account, browse the website’s wide selection of products with the same low prices and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The entire shopping experience is the same.

Make a difference each time you shop. 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to National Veterans Transition Services, Inc, allowing us to continue changing the lives of veterans in the San Diego region and across the country through REBOOT Workshops.

As one of the most widely used websites in the world, we are ecstatic to see Amazon putting their most charitable foot forward.

Be a part of the movement: get your shop on and spread the word! The more money spent at AmazonSmile with National Veterans Transition Services, Inc in mind, the more money will be generated to support our mission. On behalf of transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses that may benefit from your gift, thank you!

Promoting Veterans

Nonprofits Help Service Members Find Their Fit in the Workforce

San Diego Business Journal – 9 November.
San Diego – Employment prospects for post-911 veterans were grim just a few years ago. About 15 percent were out of work in early 2011, compared with roughly 9 percent of the general population.

The gap has been closing ever since, as the economy continued to rebound an a series of federal initiatives bolstered incentives for companies to hire veterans. By September, only 5 percent of recent veterans were out of work, compared to an overall 5.1 percent unemployment rate.

The turnaround was due in part to pair of 2012 tax credits for companies hiring veterans, Obama administration websites designed to connect employers and veterans and aWhite House-backed push from top employers, including JPMorgan Chase, to bring on more veterans, according to outplacement consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas.

But another key factor has been the work of non profits that help soldiers transition to civilian work.

“These men and women have skills and experience that are in demand, but they just don’t know how to describe them in a way that nonmilitary recruiters understand,” CEO John Challenger said.

New Situations
With more than 230,000 veterans, San Diego County has launched plenty of nonprofits in the past few years dedicated to getting veterans into high-paying jobs. Veterans may have a strong work ethic, discipline and technical skills learned in the military, but former soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen still face perceptions that they are rigid-minded and aren’t self-motivated, those groups say. Private sector job interview etiquette and resume writing are often new concepts.

Maurice Wilson, a former master chief petty officer, said the military spends months conditioning recruits to follow orders and integrate into the command structure. It makes sense that former service members would need help changing some of their behaviors once they have left active service, he said.

After leaving the Navy, Wilson advised Activision, publisher of the hit video game “Call of Duty,” on how it could spend an endowment to benefit veterans.

Wilson evaluated various organizations seeking funding, but said they all focused their efforts on veterans who were already struggling.

“It was never prevention, it was always after they had hit rock bottom,” Wilson said. “They got out of the military, but they didn’t get their behaviors rebooted.”

Wilson and others founded National Veterans Transition Services Inc. in 2010 and created a “Reboot Workshop,” using behavioral training techniques to help active-duty members of the military. Over three weeks,they learn stress management techniques, hone career goals and prepare for the civilian job search process.

“Many people think officers and enlisted are different, but fear is fear,” Wilson said, adding that veterans of all ranks can fall prey to self-destructive behavior. “You feel you don’t fit in because you’re institutionalized with all of those cultural, structural things you get in the military. When you leave, you don’t have that support element.”

The workshops have expanded to Oceanside, Irvine, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Va.,Detroit and Indiana, graduating close to 1,400 service members. NVTSI said 93 percent of graduates are employed or in school, with an average salary of $44,000.

A Manufacturing Course
Other groups put a greater focus on specificjob training. Workshops for Warriors, founded by former naval surface warfare officer Hernan Luis y Prado, offers a series of four-month courses to prepare graduates for advanced manufacturing careers. Participants learn computer-aided design, machine repair, welding and computer numerical control machining. Only about five percent have prior experience in the field.

They leave with industry-recognized certifications and earn average salaries of $50,000. Since 2011, there have been about 200 graduates, all finding work at companies that include General Dynamics NASSCO, Miller Marine, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. and General Atomics. Luis y Prado said that while instructors spend some time on resumes and mock interviews, so-called soft skills are not a key feature of the workshop. “People love veterans, but it doesn’t make them a good welder or fabricator,” Luis y Prado said. “When they have five credentials and months of documented attendance, that’s a game changer, versus, ‘Hey, look at me, I can dress well.”

Luis y Prado isn’t a machinist himself, but said friends who had left the military would often come visit his house and want to tinker with tools in his garage, looking for something constructive to do with their time. Their interest and Luis y Prado’s experiences seeing veterans without college degrees struggle to find rewarding careers inspired him to launch the nonprofit in 2008. He’s now in the midst of a $10 million capital campaign that would allowfor a second location and expand the student pipeline five times over.

The program costs Luis y Prado about $10,000 per student and is funded through donations and profits from WFW Industries, an advanced manufacturing firm. Luis y Prado started WFW in 2009 after several companies said they couldn’t donate to the workshop, but would be happy to pay for the students’ services while still enrolled.

“‘We need this equipment repaired; maybe your students could do it?” Luis y Prado recalled them asking. “When we’re not training, we’re doing work. I can only donate so much money.”

The company specializes in machinery repair and parts fabrication for the Navy, United Technologies Corp., Amada America and others. WFW has hired several workshop graduates, though Luis y Prado said he’s not doing it out of charity. “I’m looking to build a workforce,” he said. “I’m building an army.”

Matching the Expertise
For Navy SEALs and other special operations forces,these types of programs may not do enough to cater to their unique skill sets and drive. Joe Musselman trained to be a SEAL in 2009 and 2010, but a spinal injury during training led to a medical discharge. He remembered going to a Navy transition session and sitting between a former SEAL with a master’s degree and six Bronze Stars for combat valor and a Navy chef Special operations forces are used to being trained by the best, by Olympic athletes and top strategists, so why should their transition out of the military be any different, he thought.

“We need chefs,”Musselman said. “But there’s a difference. When a CEO leaves a company, he doesn’t have the resources a cashier would have. SEALs go through the same types of transition experiences a Navy chef has. Something had to be created at that level of expertise.”

Musselman started The Honor Foundation, a nonprofit now affiliated with the Universityof California, San Diego’s Rady School of Management. The three-month program focuses on raising students’ self-awarenessof their skills and personal story, polishing traditional job-seeking tools such asLinkedlnprofilesand includes a series of lessons from business professors on corporate culture, salary negotiation and leadership. Faculty is culled from UCSD, the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard, Dartmouth and others, and speakers include executivesfrom Google, Facebook, Verizon and Citibank.

Special operations forces veterans have led teams of up to a dozen personnel, managed equipment worth millions of dollars, directed logistics planning and devised strategic plans, Musselman said. But like any other service member, they aren’t used to the self-promotion required to land an executive position. In fact, Musselman believes the classified nature of some SEAL work puts them at an even greater disadvantage.

Covert Operations Mode
“They’ve spent years underground, not telling people what they do, not talking about how they do it and not answering questions like, ‘Tell me about yourself,” Musselman said. “How do they expect to be experts without practice? That whywe focus so much on their personal story.”

More than 95 percent of Honor Foundation graduates are employed within 90 days of leaving active service, almost all in executive positions at companies that include Chase, Airbnb and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. None have salaries less than $70,000, with some occasionally topping $1 million. A network of C-suite executives have agreed to mentor students and the Honor Foundation recently hired Amazon’s former head of talent acquisition to help place graduates.

A $2 million grant this year from the Navy SEAL Foundation is helping the program expand to Virginia Beach, the East Coast hub for SEALs, early next year. The program costs the foundation about $10,000per students and Musselman asks them to pay $1,000, which he said is mainly used to increase their dedication.

Despite their disparate approaches to increasing veteran employment and better integrating servicemembers back into civilian life, all three nonprofit founders said the key to continued success is ensuring their programs attract participants while they are still in active duty. Success rates are improved by preparing members of the military for civilian careers ahead of time, opposed to offering reactive programs for already stressed veterans, the founders said.

“If you catch these guys before they become unemployed, before they become a drain on society, that’s a win,” Luis y Prado said.

AT&T’s Original Documentary ‘GI Jobs’ Aires Nov. 11 Features REBOOT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — DIRECTV and U-verse customers can watch AT&T’s* original documentary “GI Jobs” on Nov. 11 at 4:30 p.m. PT on AUDIENCE [®] Network. “GI Jobs” documents the struggles and obstacles that veterans face to find a job after they separate from the military.

“GI Jobs” follows 5 veterans from different backgrounds and branches of the military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines) as they try to make sense of the civilian job market and use different assistance agencies to help them determine where they fit in. The film also follows a grass-roots organization of motorcycle-riding vets known as “Vet Hunters” who offer assistance to homeless vets.

“AUDIENCE Network is proud to bring awareness to the hardships facing our veteran community with ‘GI Jobs,'” said Chris Long, senior vice president, AT&T Original Content and Production. “Eight out of 10 veterans face unemployment when they leave the service. Its our hope this documentary inspires and enlightens those more fortunate to help these men and women in need.”

“‘GI Jobs’ tells a story that needs to be told,” said Bart Peters, AT&T vice president of Development and Production. “The film paints a vivid, and detailed portrait of what vets are experiencing as they rejoin society – and try to find gainful employment.”

The documentary takes place in and around Los Angeles, home to more homeless and jobless veterans than any other major city in the country. Los Angeles is also coordinating its efforts through government, non-profit, and private institutions to help veterans and be a leading example for other communities to follow.

DIRECTV and U-verse customers can watch “GI Jobs” and the rest of AUDIENCE Network’s fall season line-up on U-verse Channel 1114 and DIRECTV Channel 239. They can also live stream it on the DIRECTV App and U-verse App for smartphones and tablets, directv.com and uverse.com**.

Now Enrolling for San Diego March 2016 all-women REBOOT Workshop

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 9.13.00 AMStudies show that women veterans face greater challenges than their male counterparts. Yet there are very few programs to help them re-assimilate into civilian life.

To answer the call, National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) also known as REBOOT, is launching a Women Veterans Initiative in key locations across the country.

During the month of March, in honor of Women In Military History Month, we will feature a all-women REBOOT Workshop™ in San Diego.

The REBOOT Workshop™ is the nation’s only transition program of its kind that provides women vets with the tools they need to succeed.

We designed the program to meet the unique needs of women veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. So far we have conducted five (5) successful all-woman REBOOT Workshops™.

San Diego -Mar 7 through 25 – Funded by San Diego Gas and Eletric and Soroptimist of La Jolla this workshop will take place at our Mission Valley campus.

To enroll in the workshop click here.

For more details call Kalem Riley at 619-822-2701 or email kalem@nvtsi.org

 

LaJolla Club Actively Supports Women In The Military, Partners with REBOOT

Congresswoman Susan Davis, speaking to the Military Woman Graduates. Seated: Maurice Wilson, NVTSI President/Executive Director; Jeanne Cochran, Point Loma Nazarene University; and Dr. Rich Nicholson, of Operation Legacy and co-creator of REBOOT curriculum.

LA JOLLA, CA — Soroptimist International of La Jolla (SILJ) joined hands with REBOOT at their 78th graduation of seventeen military women transitioning to civilian life. Of those, seven graduates will be mentored for the next year by SILJ. The SILJ Mentors are: Gaylyn Boone, Bonnie Mendenhall, Jackie Young, Robin Oleata, Carol Tuggey, Rebecca Ritchey, and Kate Woods. See photos. Keynote speaker Congresswoman Susan Davis gave a moving talk supporting the cause.

SILJ has made it their priority to help women in the military succeed. One of the organizations SILJ selected to partner with is National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) aka REBOOT. NVTSI established the first and only training program focused on overcoming challenges of veterans re-integrating into civilian life. This has gained a reputation nationwide as a first stop for their transition. SILJ is helping by offering awareness, funding, hands-on service, and mentoring of women graduates.

San Diego has the highest North American incidence of homeless veterans. And women, including single mothers with young children, are especially challenged. Studies show that women veterans face greater challenges than their male counterparts. Yet there are very few programs to help them re-assimilate into civilian life – and many feel left behind. To answer the call NVTSI, has launched the Women Veterans Initiative. They developed the REBOOT WorkshopTM to meet the unique needs of women veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. The REBOOT WorkshopTM is the nation’s only transition program of its kind that provides women vets with tools they need to succeed.

“There are gaps between the services and support women veterans receive and those their male counterparts receive. One of those gaps is the need for mentors, and we are proud to partner with Soroptimist International of LaJolla to fill this void.” said Maurice Wilson, NVTSI President/Executive Director.

“Our Soroptimist membership is proud to contribute time, hands-on effort and financial support to this important cause,” says President Bonnie Mendenhall. “We are very impressed by the impact REBOOT is having on the outcome of discharged women veterans.”

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