Military veterans frequently embody a particular mindset conducive to a strong, dedicated work ethic. In recognition of this mindset, NetApp actively supported veterans with their participation in the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. Over the course of 18 months NetApp awarded over 250 scholarships to veterans for the NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA) Certification.
The NCSA program is a foundational storage certification is valuable because graduating associates leave the program with a certification and industry-recognized IT skills. This type of credential distinguishes program graduates when they enter the job market.
While the NCSA certification has experienced great success with transitioning service personnel, NetApp is always seeking other ways of supporting veterans. In April of this year, NetApp, working with the Vets-in-Tech (ViT) program, petitioned to take part in the American Apprenticeship Grants program, a grant program through the Department of Labor that supplies funds for innovative apprenticeship programs. ViT is designed to help veterans access various reintegration services and support around the three E’s: education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Most recently, NetApp announced its participation in North Carolina’s Military Pipeline program (NCMPP). North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory announced that the NCMPP initiative is aimed to keep North Carolina’s veterans living and working in North Carolina so as not to lose a valuable and talented source of employees. Gov. McCrory shared, “We want veterans to work and raise a family in North Carolina. This new jobs pipeline is designed to recognize the unique skills veterans offer and help them launch their civilian lives in the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.” And, given NetApp’s significant employee-base in Research Triangle Park, this initiative aligns nicely with NetApp’s presence in North Carolina.
NetApp has joined the NCMPP, partnering again with sponsors like Cisco, alongside the North Carolina Community College system. Mark Conway, Senior Program Lead for NetApp’s Academic Alliances, communicated that “(w)ith our participation in the NCMPP, NetApp is continuing its commitment to working with the veteran community, in order to increase veteran chances of attaining stable employment after leaving the service.”
NCMPP represents exciting advancements for employers and veterans alike. The program’s website, for example, has two channels- one for employers and one for those seeking employment. A win-win for all involved, the program promises to connect employers with military talent and offers valuable resume building templates and assessment tests for job seekers. Having complied over 250K veterans and job opportunities the NCMPP is just getting started in its holistic approach to supporting veterans and North Carolina’s economy.