NYS upgrades job program for vets

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

By David Bertola, Buffalo Business First

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NYS upgrades job program for vets

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

A New York State Labor Department initiative will help veterans transfer military service into certifications for civilian job placement.

Experience Counts, which began in 2011, and directs certain state agencies who qualify and license professions, to grant credit toward credentials for military experience. Occupations include bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks, certified nursing assistants, computer support specialists and security guards.

The Department of Labor has 91 career centers to help veterans. Many have veteran's specialists on site.

The first Experience Counts program involved access to Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) when the Department of Motor Vehicles waived the road test and all associated fees for military members with experience driving trucks and heavy equipment. The newest Experience Counts component certifies veterans to become licensed armed security guards through a free on-site training program, made available through the Department of Labor's New York State Career Centers.

The training is a partnership with New York State Departments of State and Division of Criminal Justice Services. If it didn't exist, they'd need to pay to attend a school and/or be trained by the employer at a cost.

Once veterans are trained and licensed, Career Center staff will connect them to one of the more than 8,327 available security jobs statewide. Of those, 1,094 are open in the Southern Tier and Western New York. Staff at New York State Career Centers will help place veterans in those openings.

For more about the programs visit the Department of Labor's Veterans' Services website or email the Local Veterans' Employment Representative at VetsAsk@labor.ny.gov.

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