Virtual classes aimed at helping military spouses and veterans
The shutdowns that began to happen due to the pandemic have only emphasized the need for and importance of programs that provide jobs. Many employees were suddenly having to work from home, and businesses had this unexpected need for people who were trained in online work skills. In response to the demand, the digital training and career mentoring program Digital Works (DW) has provided 1,000 job placements. The 1000th job placement was filled by an Army veteran.
Connected Nation (founder DW), is hosting a virtual celebration on Thursday, Aug. 6, to celebrate the milestone, those who made it possible, and the graduates of the program. CN will also announce future plans for DW, including how communities can bring it to their area.
Celebrating the milestone
These 1,000 jobs represent young adults, military spouses and veterans, people with physical disabilities, senior citizens, individuals living in rural areas with few job opportunities, and so many others who just needed an opportunity to change their lives in positive ways.
“Digital Works focuses on remote work opportunities that can be leveraged by people with all kinds of backgrounds who are living anywhere in the country. It’s one reason we have had a high rate of success helping military spouses—these jobs can move with them,” Tom Ferre, Chairman & CEO, CN.
Expanding beyond brick-and-mortar classes
Military spouses have some of the highest unemployment rates in the United States simply because they must move with their spouse when he or she is deployed. DW launched classes in the Fort Campbell area in February aimed at helping military spouses and veterans.
DW has always limited its class size in an effort to establish the community. Smaller classes provide better opportunities for bonds to be formed and relationships to be built. In addition, many of DW’s alumni assist with mentoring new graduates.
The pandemic has created opportunities for telework to grow at a staggering rate, and these new positions are likely here to stay. That means there are new opportunities for those who can provide the skillsets needed.