First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses Veterans Employment at NVTC-Micron Hosted Event, Highlights VEI Scholars Program and NVTC Member
On Thursday, April 23, NVTC joined Board member company Micron Technology in hosting First Lady Michelle Obama at Micron’s Manassas facility as part of the fourth anniversary of Joining Forces, the White House initiative to support service members, veterans, and their families. During the event, the First Lady announced new commitments to train and hire veterans and military spouses across several high-growth sectors, including technology, energy and transportation.
|First Lady Michelle Obama calling on companies to hire more veterans during her address at the event held at Micron Technology in Manassas, Virginia on April 23, 2015.|
Mrs. Obama featured the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative in her remarks, highlighting the new VEI Scholars program to match student veterans at NVTC member universities and community colleges to work-based experiences in NVTC member companies. She called the program a “win-win partnership” that provides veterans with hands-on experience while providing participating companies with top-notch talent.
The VEI Scholars program will provide student veterans from our region's leading colleges and universities with meaningful work-based experiences at NVTC member companies. NVTC member companies can identify workforce needs and provide internships and other work-based experiences that utilize the unique skills and experience of the region's student veterans.
In her speech, the First Lady also featured NVTC member company Stilwell Technology and Robotics and its CEO, retired Col. Wayne Stilwell, Ph.D., who started the company last year after serving in the U.S. Army for 26 years. Wayne participated in The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC’s FastTrac® TechVenture™ program last year and is now an active participant in the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI).
|NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg speaks about the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative during the event at Micron Technology in Manassas, Virginia on April 23, 2015.|
NVTC Board members Sudhakar Kesavan of ICF International and Steve Cooker of Monster Government Solutions, VEI donors, several members of the NVTC VEI Task Force, and veterans served through the Initiative participated in the event. NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg and William Brenner, an Army veteran and graduate of the NVTC VETWORKING program, spoke during the pre-program before the First Lady’s speech. Brenner described the challenges he faced during his job search after serving in the military and graduating from The George Washington University and explained how VEI and its ecosystem of support organizations helped him. Brenner is now employed by NVTC Board member company ICF International after meeting a recruiter at a VEI Recruiting Day.
|William Brenner, Army veteran and graduate of the NVTC VETWORKING program, shares his challenging experience during his search for civilian employment during the event at Micron Technology in Manassas, Virginia on April 23, 2015.|