SOURCE: Industrial Info Resources

Industrial Info Resources

October 02, 2013 06:15 ET

NECA - IBEW Team Provides New Career Paths for Military Veterans, a Feature of "Industry Today" on

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 2, 2013) - Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- One of the key issues facing U.S. military veterans is the transition from soldier to citizen after the completion of their military service. Often, the change proves extremely difficult, and an estimated 25% of homeless people in the U.S. are military veterans. In the Pacific Northwest, IBEW Local 46 and the Puget Sound Chapter of NECA, both based in Seattle, are providing a way for veterans to put themselves on the path to successful careers.

The program is known as Veterans in Construction Electrical, or VICE. "The program was created to fast track these military veterans, to get them working in as little as 90 days," says Joseph Kraft, the VICE Program's Principal Instructor from the Puget Sound Electrical JATC.

The discipline and hard work that veterans have experienced pays off tremendously in the field, and the VICE program has provided solid career paths to more than 175 veterans since 2009. In this edition of "Industry Today," learn how NECA and IBEW have helped give back to the men and women to whom we owe so much.

The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, has provided more than a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA's national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, represents approximately 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.

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