Aiken Tech offers new career-building 5-week program, geared toward veterans

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.


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