Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

Southern Careers Institute

Once their veterans become less intimidated and have achieved a comfort level of operating technology, half the battle is done.

1.5 million—that is the number of veterans making the transition to civilian life over the next 3-5 years, according to the American Council on Education—this number is 30% higher, due to military drawbacks in the middle east and certain defense spending cuts.

In partnership with Family Endeavors, Southern Careers Institute spearheaded a free Basic Computer Bootcamp in June to provide transitioning veterans instruction on how to navigate modern technology, get comfortable in preparing a resume, and use the internet to search and apply for jobs.

The free 3-day, full-time immersive program, part of Southern Careers Institute’s SCI Cares Initiative, increased computer proficiency skills like navigating the internet and developing understanding in word processing programs like Microsoft Word.

“In their transition process, Family Endeavors acknowledges that their veteran demographics have not been trained on technology or have used it consistently in their daily lives in the streets,” says Richard Abrams, Executive Director of Military Operations at Southern Careers Institute (SCI). For transitioning veterans, “the phase of applying and navigating through the maze of social services on the web is intimidating and many times depressing. Once their veterans become less intimidated and have achieved a comfort level of operating technology, half the battle is done.”

“It was hard to adjust out here.” says Robert Delacruz who served 2 terms in the Air Force before working temporarily as an assistant warehouse manager. He said he learned computers on the job and…

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