News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- "[I'm] a veteran myself. I've served with the national guard in South Carolina for almost 13 years now," Larry Millstead said.
Now, Millstead is also serving as a veteran advocate with the Aiken Augusta Warrior Project.
Partnering with Aiken Technical College, he's working with the about 300 veterans and veterans dependents on campus-- primarily in helping them find job security.
Now there's a new program helping do just that.
"Warriors 4 Wireless is a new program," he said. "This will be it's first semester in existence here at Aiken Tech. It's an opportunity that was developed for a long term employment opportunity for veterans."
With nearly 1 million unemployed veterans in the U.S., according to the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, Millstead said a program like Warriors 4 Wireless could really help provide some of those veterans with jobs here in our area.
"The program [is] designed for wireless communication employment opportunities," he said. "Anything from the actual communication tower to supervisory positions."
It provides students hands-on training in the industry.
The first five week session started in November and in the end of the five weeks-- students earn an Applied Science certificate in tower installation.
Millstead tells me, as a veteran himself--being able to offer a program like this to others means a lot.
"Especially when you run into the frustrations of 'what am I going to do employment-wise'-- what can I do education-wise' to benefit me 10 or 15 years from now?' So, yeah...it's a great feeling," he said.
The field of telecommunication was chosen because its a growing field and Aiken Tech is the first school in the southeast to offer this program thanks to a partnership between the school and non-profit Warriors 4 Warriors.
The program is not only opened to veterans, anyone can apply.
If you'd like more information contact Larry Millstead at Aiken Tech at 803-508-7507.