Serving Those Who Serve
12/13/2012 11:10 AM
One of the many advantages of the military experience is soldiers learn how to achieve goals. Individuals are trained to identify an objective, adapt to an assortment of variables, and overcome both predicted and unpredicted obstacles in order to reach that objective. Each branch of military service transforms individual citizens into soldiers capable of performing tasks under a variety, and often extreme conditions.
Every soldier’s experience is different, and returning to the routines associated with civilian life often present challenges which are also unique. Converting military skills into workplace skills, and helping veterans find the right career is not only important, it’s something they deserve.
That’s why Tulsa Tech is committed to serve those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Our Military and Veteran Services Office, located at 3420 S. Memorial Drive, is committed to the mission of providing training and education for military personnel, veterans, and their dependents.
Paul Stewart, Tulsa Tech’s Military and Veteran Services consultant and an educator with over 35 years’ experience, feels events like last month’s ‘Hire Our Heroes’ are both helpful and well-deserved.
“The event was a coordinated effort not only to honor the veterans, but also to help provide the information and services they deserve when they return home,” Stewart said.
The “Hiring our Heroes” job fair held on December 4th at the Tulsa fairgrounds provided veterans and military spouses an opportunity to meet with over 80 employers and educators. More than 200 vets and military spouses attended the event conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa Metro Chamber, Broken Arrow Chamber, Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Organizers hope that these types of job fairs will help connect job-ready returning veterans and their spouses to Tulsa area companies who are looking for talent.
Visitors to the Tulsa Tech booth were able to find out more about the many education and training opportunities available and discuss the numerous military benefit programs offered. In addition to Montgomery Education Benefits Chapters 30, 35, 1606 and 1607, Tulsa Tech’s Military and Veteran Benefits include Post 9/11 Benefit, Department of Veteran Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation, Vietnam Era Veteran Benefit, Department of Defense Federal Tuition Assistance for Continuing Education, Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program, and the Folds of Honor Benefit.
Recent military conflicts have often involved multiple deployments and present challenges to many veterans who are attempting to return to the workplace. That being said, the high level of concentration learned in the military can be an asset when pursuing an educational goal. Tulsa Tech provides the right opportunity and a great environment to earn the credentials that provide the skills that companies are seeking and facilitate an upwardly mobile career.
“A lot of local companies are willing to take those extra steps to hire our heroes,” Stewart said. “In fact there’s a long list of businesses that are either managed or owned by veterans.”
Stewart is quick to point out that each soldier’s story is different, and it’s his job to find the right training and benefit for each individual.
“I’m always aware that many of these veterans have often spent a considerable amount of time in an unpleasant environment,” Stewart said. “I take pride in finding the right fit for each person, and making the overall process as comfortable as possible.”
If you’re ready to begin your next career, looking for exciting classes for high school and adult students, or award-winning business and industry training, Tulsa Tech invites you to visit today. For more information, please call 918-828-5200 or visit us online at tulsatech.edu.