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Upcoming VetsinTech Events: July 13

Here is a summary of upcoming VetsinTech starting in June.  We especially encourage you to checkout the National Virtual Employer Meetup on June 25, that features a panel of leaders and recruiters from companies which include Facebook, Google, Genentech, Cloudera, Adobe, BlueShield, ConEd, and Disney as they discuss opportunities in the tech ecosystem.

Upcoming Education Events


  • Aug 14: VetsinTech National Front End Web Dev Cohort (Sponsored by MC Hammer) - More...
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  • Sep 14: Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Santa Clara, CA - Virtual Classroom - More...
  • Oct 26: Draft Kings Data Science San Francisco CA - More..
  • Dec 7: VetsinTech Cybersecurity Palo Alto Networks - More..
  • Jan 4: VetsinTech Online: Artificial Intelligence Academy - More..
Upcoming Networking and Chapter Events
  • Jun 25: National Virtual Employer Meetup - More..
  • Aug 11: ViT Entrepreneurship Event - More..

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Success Story: Mario Morales

Success Story: Mario Morales





Mario Morales served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps for a little under ten years. As a USMC veteran who spent most of his military career overseas, Morales found his transition to the civilian workforce in the US even more challenging.  Morales learned about VetsinTech during his transition to Austin from his end-duty station in Okinawa, Japan, and describes VetsinTech as “one of the best organizations I have seen during my transition”.

Thanks to VetsinTech, Morales was able to take advantage of free courses in both front end and full-stack immersive web development which proved foundational in building his tech career.  Next Mario took both Security+ and Palo Alto Networks classes as part of VetsinTech Cybersecurity offerings and continued to broaden his knowledge with a nanodegree program - a scholarship provide by VetsinTech and AT&T

According to Morales, “All of these courses were offered at little or no cost to me and helped me stand out from the crowd.”  These stepping stones led to multiple interviews and subsequent job offers from top tech companies around the country.  Morales eventually accepted a position as a Production Engineer at Facebook, Inc.  “Without VetsinTech, I would not be where I am in my career today.” adds Morales.

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Interview: VetsinTech on ACT NOW Education

Katherine Webster interview on ACT NOW Education - talks about VetsinTech programs in Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship and give valuable advice for transitioning veterans looking to break into tech careers.

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June 25: VetsinTech Virtual Employer Meetup

June 25: VetsinTech Virtual Employer Meetup

We plan to have a great panel of leaders and recruiters in tech as well as several members from the VetsinTech Employer Coalition which includes Facebook, Google, Genentech, Cloudera, Adobe, BlueShield, ConEd, and Disney to discuss opportunities at these companies and in the tech ecosystem in general.

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Upcoming VetsinTech Events: June 8

Here is a summary of upcoming VetsinTech starting in June.  We especially encourage you to checkout the National Virtual Employer Meetup on June 25, that features a panel of leaders and recruiters from companies which include Facebook, Google, Genentech, Cloudera, Adobe, BlueShield, ConEd, and Disney as they discuss opportunities in the tech ecosystem.

Upcoming Education Events

  • Ongoing: Google Cloud Certification Challenge - Virtual Classroom - More...
  • Jun 22: Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Santa Clara, CA - Virtual Classroom - More...
  • Jul 13: Security + San Diego - More...
  • Sep 14: Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Santa Clara, CA - Virtual Classroom - More...
  • Oct 26: Draft Kings Data Science San Francisco CA - More..
Upcoming Networking and Chapter Events
  • Jun 25: National Virtual Employer Meetup - More..
  • Aug 11: ViT Entrepreneurship Event - More..

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VetsInTech Unveils New Online Mentoring System to Support and Engage Veterans During COVID-19 Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VetsinTech, the leading national non-profit dedicated to advancing career opportunities for veterans in the tech industry, unveiled a new mentoring system that squarely helps veterans during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. VetsinTech Mentorship Program pairs veterans with top technology mentors based on their relevant knowledge and skills. At the onset, the mentor and mentee will calibrate mentorship sessions aimed at giving veterans highly tangible outcomes and next steps on their path to success.

The program augments VetsinTech's (ViT) existing programs, providing veterans valuable one-one-one access to top technology mentors, who can provide tailored guidance and expertise in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. For the launch of the ViT Mentoring Program, more than ten industry-leading technology companies have committed to participate. This includes BMC, Cloudera, Google, InfoSec Institute, Microsoft, PwC, and TIBCO.

"It's an honor and privilege to support transitioning veterans as they pursue new careers in technology," said Dan Streetman, CEO of TIBCO. "Access to mentors is critical for veterans and also helps TIBCO and all participating companies build stronger, more diverse teams."

"On the heels of Military Appreciation Month, we wanted to do something really impactful to support our brave veterans. We're thrilled to provide this new robust, mentoring system for our veterans to use, especially during the ongoing Covid crisis and shelter-in-place mandates," said Katherine Webster, Founder and CEO of VetsinTech. "We're humbled and indebted to the generosity and support from all of the technology leaders participating in VetsinTech's Mentorship Program."

For more information about VetsinTech's Mentorship Program, interested parties can visit  https://mentor.vetsintech.co/.

About VetsInTech
Based in San Francisco, with more than 30,000 vets strong and 15 chapters across the country, VetsInTech is the leading national non-profit devoted 100% to springboarding veterans into tech careers. VetsinTech harnesses the national technology ecosystem to benefit veterans returning from active military duty and who want to apply their exceptional training, skills, and experience to a new career in technology. Comprised of technology industry leaders and former service members, VetsinTech is the only non-profit that supports our veterans through tech-based programs and opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. For more information, interested parties can visit www.vetsintech.co.

Press Contact:
Carmen Hughes
Ignite X
650.4534.8553

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VetsInTech Teams with Google Cloud to Offer Free Cloud Training to Veterans

SAN FRANCISCOMay 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VetsinTech, a leading national non-profit dedicated to advancing career opportunities for veterans in the tech industry, announced it is teaming with Google Cloud to help veterans hone their cloud engineering skills. VetsinTech and Google Cloud will offer veterans and their spouses an opportunity to participate in the "Google Cloud Certification challenge," a free training program focused on preparing them for the Google Cloud Associate Cloud Engineer certification exam. Exclusive free access to Google Cloud's training prepares veterans for the certification exam.

Training is set to begin in the first week of June and extend over the course of 6 to 10-weeks. Google Cloud offers the training and exams online, enabling participants to access prescribed coursework anytime via the web or a mobile device.

For the last several years, cloud computing skills continue to remain as some of the highest in demand by employers. Google Cloud skills are especially in high demand, with a 66.74% increase in job listings over the past year. Cloud certifications are a great way for veterans to demonstrate in-demand skills to the larger IT market. Veterans who earn this certification have a stronger advantage to pursue new opportunities and progress within the tech industry.

"With May being Military Appreciation Month, VetsInTech is proud to introduce expanded online training options for our brave and deserving veterans. We'd like to thank Google Cloud for their continuing commitment, generosity, and support of our veterans," said Katherine Webster, Founder and CEO of VetsinTech. "During this pandemic and economic crisis, veterans have the opportunity to take this invaluable course remotely, from their home, to increase their skills and land a better job. With the demand for more cloud skills and many veterans sheltering in place, the timing of this program is impeccable."

About VetsInTech Based in San Francisco, with more than 30,000 vets strong and 15 chapters across the country, VetsInTech is the leading national non-profit devoted 100% to springboarding veterans into tech careers. VetsinTech harnesses the national technology ecosystem to benefit veterans returning from active military duty and who want to apply their exceptional training, skills, and experience to a new career in technology. Comprised of technology industry leaders and former service members, VetsinTech is the only non-profit that supports our veterans through tech-based programs and opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. For more information, interested parties can visit www.vetsintech.co.

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VetsInTech in Colorado

VetsInTech in Colorado

 VetsInTech kicked off the Colorado Chapter in partnership with Galvanize and will be launching events and classes to cover all of the 3 E's: Entrepreneurship, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

  • Education: Full scholarship for web dev, cybersecurity and other technical certifications.
  • Employment: Score your dream job with our extensive list of Tech Giants and sponsors like Google, Linkedin, Facebook and others.
  • Entrepreneurship: Join the Silicon Valley ecosystem, attend Y Combinator startup school and meet face to face with CEOs/mentors for invaluable advice and guidance.

VetsInTech CEO ,Katherine Webster, spoke at JSA, Joint Service Academy Cybersecurity Summit in Colorado.

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VetsInTech | April Graduation

VetsInTech | April Graduation

Congratulations to the April Austin Web Development course grads. 15 veterans completed 4 weeks of web development training. To paraphrase a student's spouse who encouraged him to go, "[Veterans are] a very tight community, they live all over the world, and they stay connected. Thank you for the opportunity."If you are interested in doing what these guys have done, sign up for the next web development class in San Francisco on May 20th.  VetsinTech is proud to announce the Graduation of the two-week Web Development Cohort at DraftKings’ new state-of-the-art headquarters in Boston. The course focused on teaching veterans and military spouses front end web development skills.  DraftKings and invited Employer Groups are invited to work with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech.VetsinTech and Palo Alto Networks held a special 5-day class in Cybersecurity – As the next-generation security company, Palo Alto Networks is leading a new era in cybersecurity and threat prevention. Palo Alto Networks is one of the fastest growing security companies in the market.  Breaches are prevented by uniquely integrating Next-Generation Firewall, Advanced Endpoint Protection, and Threat Intelligence Cloud.

 

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Web Development Scholarships for Veterans

Web Development Scholarships for Veterans

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  the projected growth of employment in web development is 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand is driven by the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce. That is why Vets in Tech is so excited to offer veterans free web development training in Boston on 22 April 2019. If you are interested in this training you can register here, and if you know of anyone else who can benefit from this scholarship please share with them. 

VetsinTech is proud to share that 16 Veterans are currently going through a Web Development course in Austin Texas. This is a challenging 4-week course where we teach veterans the fundamentals of Javascript,  HTML and CSS. The graduation is on April 11th at 7:30pm. We are excited that our class family and friends will be in attendance. We want to highlight our dedicated and determined instructors in Austin, Hunter Jefferson and Justin Baize. This is my very first time teaching a course organized exclusively for veterans. I'm blown away by how diligent, hard-working, and respectful all of the students are. Every day I'm inspired by their self-motivation and resilience in the face of increasingly tough challenges in the classroom Hunter Jefferson.and Shoutout to our student Tim Katje  “ Having a background in computer programming has given me a leg up in the class, but that also means that the coursework itself has not been very challenging for me.  But Hunter is extremely dedicated to the class and is always available to us, and she provides me with harder programming challenges outside of the curriculum to complete.” 

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Invasion Recap

Invasion Recap

Last Month, we hosted The Invasion in Silicon Valley A national conference that brought 500 veterans from around the country into SF for 2 days of keynotes, panels, workshops, and networking. We had over 40 incredible speakers, and a dozen of the largest tech orgs who joined as partners. Over 250,000 veterans transition out of service every year, 80% of them enter civilian life without a job --- meanwhile there are millions of open roles in tech including fast growing demand in cybersecurity in which veterans are uniquely positioned to succeed. VetsinTech works to close the gap. Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making this such an impactful program. View photos from the event here.

 
 
Invasion Keynote Speakers Included
  • Ned Desomond, COO @ Tech Crunch
  • Michael Brown, Director @ Defense Innovation Unit
  • Steve Blank, Founder of “Lean Startup”
  • Carol Eggert, SVP Veteran Affairs @ Comcast NBCUniversal
Invasion Sponsors included
  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • TEKsystems
  • Comcast
  • BMC
  • Cloudera
  • HP
  • ADP
  • Shape Security
  • Qualcomm
  • Google
  • Adobe
  • AT&T



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T-MINUS 30 HRS. The Invasion.

Checkout this PR NEWSWIRE article on The Invasion.

We are more than ecstatic to hold our second national conference "The Invasion" in Silicon Valley. Over 500 veterans are coming from around the nation to network, learn and give back.

We are thankful to have amazing speakers and sponsors. We are appreciative of their support and time to make this event the IT event of the year for veterans transitioning into tech careers and/or entrepreneurship.

A couple of reminders and shoutouts.
  • GET your Invasion tickets. You can still make it.
  • Shoutout to Salute The Troops for their efforts in healing through music.
  • If you are in Austin or attending SXSW, join VetsInTech for happy hour.
  • Web Development Training: Happening on the 18th of March in Austin, if you or another veteran or military spouse are interested, please sign up.
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The Invasion | Update

If you haven't gotten your ticket yet! Get it NOW!

We are just a few weeks until The Invasion and we are thrilled with the excitement from across the country.

We've added an impressive list of speakers and sponsors! So you can expect meaningful content across education, employment, and entrepreneurship that will give you tangle steps to jumpstart (and grow) your career in technology!





Tech EducationUncover opportunities to learn the in-demand new skills of Data Science, Cybersecurity, CRM, Web Development, and beyond.
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  • Cybersecurity: Why vets are best suited to work in the future of defense
  • Vet Training: Opportunities in Data Science and Web Development
  • Social Impact: Why for-profit business is the key to veteran success
  • CRM: Becoming a Salesforce Administrator
  • Women VetsinTech: Empowering our Sisters






Tech EmploymentWork with leaders in corporate hiring and culture through professional development workshops on LinkedIn profiles, elevator pitch, and networking.
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  • Secrets from the Inside: Hear from leaders in technology HR
  • Best Foot Forward: Telling your story through your Linkedin Profile
  • Tell Me Who You Are: Translating your military skills to nail your elevator pitch
  • Success Stories: How to get your foot in the door
  • Emerging Technologies: Tech in 5+ Years





Tech EntrepreneurshipLearn the critical steps to start and grow your business with content on securing VC financing, design thinking, business law, and lean methodologies.
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  • Am I on the Right Track? Finding Product Market Fit
  • Product Management: A Veteran Perspective
  • Startup Lessons: Do as I Say, Not as I Did
  • VetCap: Choosing the Right Source of Funding for your startup
  • Getting Set For Success: Business Law Basics[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVnev14lSZo[/embed]

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The Invasion in Silicon Valley- Hosted by Google Launchpad

The Invasion in Silicon Valley
March 8-9, 2019
San Francisco, hosted @Google Launchpad
Please join us at our national conference, where over 300 Veterans from around the country will join for a weekend of keynotes, workshops, and networking around opportunities in technology education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
We are proud to announce speakers including:
  • Carol Eggert - SVP Veteran and Military Affairs @ Comcast
  • Steve Blank - Father of "Modern Entrepreneurship" and "Lean Startup"
  • Michael Brown - Director @ Defense Innovation Unit (Department of Defense)
See a full list of speakers and participating companies at www.vetsintech.co/invasion2019
Join our community and the force driving the continuous efforts to building a tech ecosystem for veterans to tap into.

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The Invasion in Silicon Valley- Hosted by Google Launchpad

The Invasion in Silicon Valley
March 8-9, 2019
San Francisco, hosted @Google Launchpad
Please join us at our national conference, where over 300 Veterans from around the country will join for a weekend of keynotes, workshops, and networking around opportunities in technology education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
We are proud to announce speakers including:
  • Carol Eggert - SVP Veteran and Military Affairs @ Comcast
  • Steve Blank - Father of "Modern Entrepreneurship" and "Lean Startup"
  • Michael Brown - Director @ Defense Innovation Unit (Department of Defense)
See a full list of speakers and participating companies at www.vetsintech.co/invasion2019
Join our community and the force driving the continuous efforts to building a tech ecosystem for veterans to tap into.

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January 2019 | VetsinTech in San Diego

January 2019 | VetsinTech in San Diego


CAMP PENDLETON- ANNUAL TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY FORUM AND HIRING EVENT




Founder & CEO Katherine Webster spoke on a panel on future technology and trends at US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s annual Technology Industry Forum and Hiring Event.  VetsinTech joined other partners including Google, Oracle, TEKsystems and more in helping inform transitioning members of the Navy and Marine Corps.




SAN DIEGO HAPPY HOUR WITH VETERANS AND PARTNERS




VetsinTech hosted a happy hour for our San Diego chapter. Alumni and prospective students attended and met with representatives of our Employer Coalition partners which included TekSystems and Oracle. This was another excellent opportunity for veteran networking in the tech space and connecting with mentors.




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National Conference | The Invasion in Silicon Valley

National Conference | The Invasion in Silicon Valley


We have closed out 2018 with a bang and now gearing up for our next major event, our 2nd annual National Conference - The Invasion in Silicon Valley!








The Invasion will bring together veterans from all over the country to provide access and introductions to some of Silicon Valley’s hottest tech companies and an incredible entrepreneurial network.




The Invasion, hosted by google launchpad, will be held March 8th and 9th in San Francisco- check out our amazing line up of sessions and speakers. Steve Blank - the father of modern entrepreneurship and the Lean Startup movement, Michael Brown of the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit here is Silicon Valley, and Carol Eggert - head of Comcast Military Affairs. We have over 20 speakers from across many tech and entrepreneurship fields who will be speaking and engaging with veterans.




Sign up and come join us on this invasion to support our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem.




ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment.

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National Conference | The Invasion in Silicon Valley

National Conference | The Invasion in Silicon Valley


We have closed out 2018 with a bang and now gearing up for our next major event, our 2nd annual National Conference - The Invasion in Silicon Valley!








The Invasion will bring together veterans from all over the country to provide access and introductions to some of Silicon Valley’s hottest tech companies and an incredible entrepreneurial network.




The Invasion, hosted by google launchpad, will be held March 8th and 9th in San Francisco- check out our amazing line up of sessions and speakers. Steve Blank - the father of modern entrepreneurship and the Lean Startup movement, Michael Brown of the DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit here is Silicon Valley, and Carol Eggert - head of Comcast Military Affairs. We have over 20 speakers from across many tech and entrepreneurship fields who will be speaking and engaging with veterans.




Sign up and come join us on this invasion to support our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem.




ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment.

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January 2019 | Success Story

January 2019 | Success Story













Adam Hoek




VetsinTech Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Course , June, 2018  




My name is Adam Hoek. I served in the Army infantry with assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, and with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.  Recently, I have become interested in securing cloud applications. I learned about VetsinTech through a contact at Palo Alto Networks.  




My involvement with VetsinTech has presented me with outstanding training opportunities with both  Salesforce and Facebook. As a result, I have earned certifications from Salesforce.com as an Administrator and I completed the Facebook University Cybersecurity Academy. Neither would have been possible without the networking support provided by VetsinTech. Additionally, I have been able to complete training as a Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Associate.  I will be assisting the next VetsinTech Palo Alto Networks cybersecurity training in February 2019.  




My future goals are to continue learning cloud security and to stay involved with VetsinTech program.




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January 2019 Partner News


Galvanize/Samsung/VetsinTech scholarship program that covers between 50 - 65% of tuition for veterans in the Software Engineering Immersive or Data Science Immersive study programs.  For more information - click HERE  




Facebook University Cybersecurity Class is a 12 week introductory class on provided free to veterans. Free for veterans, this course will be conducted on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, CA.  Dates are every Saturday from 9AM - 2PM between 2 March - 1 June 2019. One page application is HERE and when answering the final question on the form: How did you hear about this class? - please type in VetsinTech.




Oracle Veteran Internship Program (OVIP) – Spring 2019 starts on Monday 18 March and runs through Friday 7 June for a total of 12 weeks.  There are 10 positions open for veterans. Interested? You must formally apply  HERE.  




Examples of internships avaailable:  




Data Center Infrastructure Engineer Intern (Santa Clara) - Job # 190001J4

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