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Jefferson County American Job Center

Add-A-Veteran Academy 2014

Community Challenge/Problem

The Jefferson County Colorado American Job Center identified a need to assist veterans in the community by providing specialized, targeted services that would help them transition from military to civilian employment.

Board Solution/Innovation

In 2013, the AJC hosted the first Add-A-Veteran Academy/Hiring Event, and in 2014, made the multi-day event even more impactful. Hosted by the Jefferson County AJC, the Add-A-Veteran Academy featured resume review and online application labs, a full-day job search tips workshop, and a hiring fair that brought in over 30 businesses to meet veterans and their spouses who were looking for employment. The veterans were able to research and apply for open positions in advance of the hiring fair, and then meet the hiring managers in person at the fair.

Outcomes & Results

The hiring event connected over 100 military veterans and military spouses with thirty employers who were actively seeking to fill vacancies.

One employer, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, shared, "The event kept individuals with wide-ranging and accomplished backgrounds at our table consistently throughout the event. We found the participants were familiar with both [our company] and [knew the positions] at NREL in which they were interested or for which they had already applied."

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