Empowering Veterans through Workforce Development Program

Veterans Worforce Development

Rapid training and employment process for veterans entering civilian life and support for employers seeking to hire technically-skilled and leadership oriented employees for advanced manufacturing environments.

Duke Energy’s investment in Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans has supported nine classes with 132 veteran participants to date.

WHAT: East Carolina University will showcase its Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans program and its continued success preparing veterans for the manufacturing workforce through on-going sessions with area community colleges.

The event will include:

– Program training facilities tour

– Demonstration of training techniques and technology by veterans

– Welcome by Dr. Ted Morris, associate vice chancellor, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, East Carolina University

– Remarks by Mike Hughes, vice president, Community Relations for North Carolina, Duke Energy

– Remarks by Dr. Catherine Chew, president, Craven Community College

Made possible through a $69,750 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation, Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans addresses the needs of both veterans entering civilian life and local manufacturers seeking technically-skilled, leadership-oriented employees for advanced manufacturing environments.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10:30 a.m. Lean Six Sigma Student Simulations – Room 118, Louis S. Redd Building

12:00 p.m. Remarks – Aeronautical Center

*Representatives will be available to the media following the demonstrations

WHERE: Craven Community College – Havelock Campus, 305 Cunningham Blvd., Havelock, N.C. 28532

WHY: Manufacturing is key to the state’s economic success. North Carolina is poised to harness the unique skill sets and backgrounds of its strong veteran population to fill skill gaps in the highly technical roles the manufacturing industry now requires. Tools for Advanced Manufacturing for Veterans is a robust collaboration between East Carolina University and North Carolina community colleges to support the transition of service members in base communities into advanced manufacturing careers.

CONTACT: Jim Menke, project manager and military research liaison, Operation Reentry North Carolina, 252-737-1354 | menkej@ecu.edu

Submitted by: Deborah Kania, Director of Marketing, Communications & Development Liaison, Craven Community College