Major defense contractor funds IT training for troops

This Veteran's Day, Raytheon issued a press release detailing the progress it has made with its donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The grants, which began on November 11, 2010, marked the beginning of a five-year partnership with the nonprofit that aimed to give more than $2 million in grants to American veterans that are looking to advance their education so that they can smoothly transition to civilian life.

In the year since Raytheon began its alliance with WWP, more than 530 veterans have graduated from its programs, a sizable percentage of which completed their continued education at the Transition Training Academy (TTA). The TTA specializes in providing IT training and computer technology courses to returning vets. The company says graduates of this program have gone on to secure jobs in the private and public sector, and even reports that some have been able to open their own businesses.

"Raytheon is proud to support Wounded Warrior Project's mission to ensure these valued veterans have the opportunity to develop new skills that can lead to success in the next phase of their lives," Raytheon's chairman and CEO William Swanson said in a press release.

However, while non-veterans aren't eligible for the program, these individuals can look to other online initiatives to help them secure the skills they need to advance their career. For example, computer training for specific online certificate programs is available to students who want either online or in-class teaching in Cisco, Oracle or Microsoft programs.

Even veterans who aren't able to achieve these grants can look to online education providers to bolster their skills. Some may find they simply need a few refresher courses due to their substantial training in the military.

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