LaGuardia Community College Receives Grant to Train Veterans for High Demand Jobs

Long Island City, NY—November 21, 2013–LaGuardia Community College has been awarded $99,300 by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) and the Walmart Foundation to provide veterans with vocational training and career development services in the growing IT and telecommunications industry. LaGuardia was one of 11 colleges and organizations to receive the IVMF/Walmart Foundation Vocational Acceleration for Veterans Grant, which is part of the Walmart Foundation’s $20 million commitment to address veteran issues.

LaGuardia’s Career Ladders for Veterans program will help veterans transition into sustainable careers through vocational training and the attainment of industry certifications; employment and job readiness counseling; and advisement and assistance to progress into post-secondary education.

Training will be offered in the high growth, high demand IT and telecommunications field. The program consists of three courses (150 hours of training) leading to three entry level certifications: Telecommunications Technologies, Network Cabling Specialist – Fiber, and Network Cabling – Copper-Based Systems. Job placement will be available.

LaGuardia is committed creating opportunities for success for veterans and has provided them with academic preparation and case management services for years through the federally-funded Veterans Upward Bound program and others. With support from the IVMF/Walmart grant, the college will build upon its experience and expertise in workforce development to offer this new service to veterans.

“Through our innovative training, we will provide veterans with the means towards immediate employment and enhanced long-term job prospects in an industry with growing demand,” said Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College. “This program will allow the college to expand its efforts to assist veterans with the necessary services to help them secure good paying jobs and make the transition successfully back into their communities.”

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 LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit to learn more.