In true embodiment of the university’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and as a thank-you to the sacrifices made by U.S. military servicemen and women, Virginia Tech provides ongoing assistance to veterans returning to the workforce through a series of programs and services, including the vet-to-vet program.
In 2011, about 47,000 people applied for jobs at the university. Approximately, 1,700 of those applicants indicated they are veterans. Today, Virginia Tech employs about 300 veterans. The university is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for covered veterans.
Local veterans and family members of veterans from any era are invited to participate in a free education and support group hosted by New River Valley Community Services, in conjunction with the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Any veteran interested in more information about our local group can email Leanna Craig, Region III Coordinator or call 540-961-8300 x1062 or 540-357-1113.
Virginia Tech provides ongoing assistance to veterans returning to the workforce through a one-of-a-kind program that pairs retired veterans with unemployed veterans.
The Department of Human Resources established its Vet-to-Vet program in 2010 after Director of Staffing and Recruiting Curtis Mabry and Staffing and Recruiting Specialist Christy Lowe noticed that the majority of the veterans who were applying for jobs on campus didn’t make the first round of cuts.
Veterans in the program receive one-on-one assistance from Lowe. She works with them to focus on an area at the university in which they would like to work, develop a resume, and navigate the application process. She also helps them to identify weaknesses in their skill sets and suggests ways to address them to become more competitive in the job market.