SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — State Rep. Carolyn Dykema is encouraging eligible veterans to apply for the Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program, in order to better prepare them to find local employment.
The program, run by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, MassMEDIC and the International Center for Professional Development, helps veterans build on skills they developed while on active duty. For example, many veterans return home with skills that can be used in the medical-technology industry.
However, returning veterans still face an unemployment rate of 10 percent, compared to the overall national rate of 7.9 percent.
“One of the greatest challenges our returning soldiers face is finding local employment," Dykema said. "The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and partner organizations are playing a leadership role in addressing this important need and supporting our veterans as they seek to return to the civilian workforce."
"This is a great example of how public and private organizations can work together and ensure the needs of our soldiers are met when they return home," she added.
A one-day training seminar will be held at UMass Boston on Feb. 14. Participating veterans will be paired with industry mentors who work at medical device and diagnostic companies.
For more information, contact Beth Nicklas, MLSC general counsel and vice president for Academic & Workforce Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.