Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014

William Lee, a retired Army Veteran, was referred to the SkillSource Group, Inc.’s Northern Virginia Jobs for Veterans (J4VETS) program in November 2013 after he was laid off as a Senior Program Manager. Mr. Lee immediately expressed interest in enrolling in a Project Management Professional (PMP) preparation course with Global Knowledge, which he completed in January 2014. Mr. Lee obtained his PMP certification after sitting for the exam just one time in April 2014.

Workforce-WednesdayMr. Lee needed additional assistance with his employment search and his J4VETS Case Manager referred him to the SkillSource Veterans’ Job Developer, funded through the United Way of the National Capital Area’s Veterans’ Employment Initiative. Soon after, Mr. Lee was employed by TASC, Inc. as a Director of Capture Management. He started his new position in June 2014, and is very grateful to the SkillSource Veterans’ Job Developer and the J4VETS program for helping him to obtain his certification and his new employment.

“The entire J4VETS Program commits to helping the Vet. I felt as if the entire organization was working for my benefit. From assistance in obtaining training to actually finding job leads, J4VETS was there for me,” Lee stated. Lee has offered to serve as a Mentor for the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (in partnership with Mitre Corporation) next “Vetworking” cohort to help fellow veterans with their transition into civilian life and employment goals.

Todd Rowley, the chairman of the Northern Virginia Workforce Area #11, noted, “As the most populous local workforce area in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Northern Virginia Workforce Area is honored to offer outstanding workforce services to veterans seeking employment in our region. Our veterans’ employment efforts are closely aligned with outstanding organizations such as the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, each of which is responding to their member’s interest in hiring veterans for a wide range of employment opportunities. In my mind, there is no better way to serve a veteran who has served our nation than to guide their employment search, resulting in permanent, well-compensated employment.” 

Learn more about the J4Vets Program here:'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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