SOURCE: Simplilearn Americas LLC

March 04, 2016 08:00 ET

Simplilearn Partners With MARSOC Foundation and the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation to Help Veterans Transition Into the Workforce

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA--(Marketwired - March 04, 2016) - Simplilearn, the largest provider of professional online certification courses, and two national nonprofits, today announced their partnership in an effort to facilitate the career transition of military service members and their families into the civilian workforce. In conjunction with the MARSOC Foundation and Marine Reconnaissance Foundation, Simplilearn will provide unique opportunities for service men and women transitioning to civilian life.

"Strengthening collaborations within Veteran communities and education providers like Simplilearn, helps to achieve the MARSOC Foundation's goal of enhancing resiliency for MARSOC Marines, Sailors and their families," said Sarah Christian, Director of Operations at MARSOC Foundation.

Military learning patterns are particularly suited to the professional certification style of learning, with defined learning objectives and outcomes, comfort with defined standards, and defined competency based metrics. Simplilearn's training and certification programs demonstrate a strong connection between online learning and career development.

Simplilearn's training programs lead to certification in Project Management, Big Data, and Data Security, among other categories, acting as a catalyst to activate the already existing experience base, and are particularly suited to prime the individual veteran for maximum value in the workforce.

"The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation is partnering with Simplilearn to provide our Reconnaissance veterans with valuable job skills to facilitate transition into the civilian workforce through Simplilearn's professional certifications - which become polished and established management skills for civilian employers," said Jodie Greiner, Vice President at MRF.

A common language with which to articulate the alignment of military skills and business value is key for a swift transition from service member to civilian professional. Simplilearn's competency-based certification training provides that bridge for the communication to occur.

"The goal is to change the conversation from 'why recruit military experience' to 'these military folks bring a lot of additional value to the table'," said Logan Halliwell, former Force Recon Marine and Simplilearn Scholarship for Veterans Program Director. "Giving individuals the tools, post-certification, to translate military competencies into positive employment potential during the hiring process is how we get there."

"There is a near complete absence of leadership training in the entry level civilian job market. Holistic vision into organizational needs and the individual initiative and leadership to capture those insights are what the veteran provides," said Halliwell. "Their focus on mission accomplishment and troop welfare, directly translate to organizational alignment between organization goals, individual goals, and managing the work life balance of employees, making the veteran not just a great employee, but a great leader of the employed team."

"Caring for America's veterans is a shared honor and a shared responsibility," said Michael Stebbins, Chief Innovation Officer at Simplilearn. "Simplilearn is honored to work with the MARSOC Foundation and the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation to help meet the educational needs of military service members and their families in transition to civilian life - upskilling their military experience with professional skills-based education and certification for integration into industry."

About Simplilearn

Simplilearn is the world's largest provider of short-term certification courses that addresses unique learning needs of working professionals. Courses include a variety of topics in the business, technology and design fields, ranging from PMP to Big Data and Analytics and Digital Marketing. With over 400 courses offered, Simplilearn has trained more than 450,000 professionals since its inception in April 2010. With its footprint in over 150 countries, Simplilearn's patrons are assured of up-skilling and re-skilling themselves for faster and surer career growth. Simplilearn's course contents are recognized by more than 40 global accreditors, including PMI, Axelos, Scrum Alliance, Peoplecert, and The Open Group. For more information, visit

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