Success: Past Events


2017 Direct2Apprenticeshop

The Direct2Apprenticeship Event, held at America’s Credit Union in DuPont, WA, was an opportunity for transitioning service members to meet and network with representatives from multiple industries offering apprenticeship opportunities.  The event agenda included:

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks –
    • Emcee Mick James, Starbucks Coffee Company and Hire America’s Heroes Volunteer
    • James M. Collins, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired), President and Board Chair,
      Hire America’s Heroes
    • Lourdes E. ‘Alfie’ Alvarado-Ramos, Director, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Nuts and Bolts of GI Bill Apprenticeships
    • Rachel McAloon, Apprenticeship Outreach & Education Specialist, Department of Labor & Industries
    • Laura Bach, Director, Washington Student Achievement Council’s State Approving Agent
  • Service Member Apprentice Jeremy Nixon, Southwest Washington Electrical JATC
  • Panel Presentation, moderated by Mark Sullivan, Wasthington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Speed Networking Activity

There were 51 attendees representing 35 different companies and apprentice organizations and 26 military service members, and spouses.

Here is what people are saying about the event:

Service members – when asked what was most useful or informative about this event?
  • Meeting a wide variety of trade reps
  • The opportunity to meet directly with industry active participants
  • Presentation/info from panel members
  • Network event!
  • GI Bill Info
Employers/Coordinators-when asked what did you find most useful or informative about this event?
  • Panel and Q&A
  • Letting us know about GI Bill programs
  • How hard it is for vets to find civilian work
  • Awareness of programs out there
  • Apprenticeship basics
  • Speed networking
  • Educating the employer on vets
  • Variety of info presented
  • Good to hear about incoming IT options
  • Nice to meet service members at something other than a job fair

Photos from the 2017 Direct2Apprenticeship Event

2016 Executive Symposium & "Gaining the Corporate Edge" Workshop

2016 Executive Symposium

The Hire America’s Heroes 2016 Executive Symposium took place at the American Lake Conference Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Tacoma, Washington, on May 4th, 2016, from 9:30-12:30.  This event provided an opportunity for Corporate members and JBLM senior leaders to discuss the challenges that corporate businesses experience during the interview/hiring process.

EMPLOYERS

Corporate members engaged in conversation with senior military leaders to aide in preparing transitioning service members to become competitive within the civilian workforce.

MILITARY LEADERS

Military leaders gained insight on current and emerging needs of the corporate workforce.  By engaging in conversation with businesses, they developed clear and actionable strategies to assist transitioners in becoming competitive for employment in the civilian sector.

Additional information regarding outcomes from this event will be posted soon.  The full event program is linked below.

2016 Executive Leadership Symposium Program

2016 “Gaining the Corporate Edge” Workshop

The Hire America’s Heroes 2016 “Gaining the Corporate Edge” Workshop took place at the American Lake Conference Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Tacoma, Washington, on May 4th, 2016, from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

Service members were provided the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of challenges businesses experience during the interview/hiring process.  The workshop will provided an opportunity for personal development in the interviewing process, skill gaps, and information in order to make concrete actionable plans to prepare for transition to the private sector workforce.

Additional information regarding outcomes from this event will be posted soon.  The full event program is linked below.

2016 Gaining the Corporate Edge Workshop Program

Past Events: Events & Programs

Annual Symposium

2014 Industry Forums

Military Hiring Summit

Career Days

Event Summaries

2014

2013

2012