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Jobs for Veterans

Written by Dick Pryor on Thursday November 10, 2011

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The Sheet

November 11, 2011

This Veteran's Day program focuses on jobs for members of Oklahoma's military community. A new study, Best Places for Military Retirement: Second Careers, released this week by USAA and www.military.com ranks Oklahoma City first among 379 cities. The report places Oklahoma City at the top of the list based on various factors, including stability, the types of industry, medical facilities, aviation and opportunities for people with military skills.

The state of Oklahoma has also been active in developing a job climate and support structure that helps veterans get the assessment, training and placement services they need to re-enter the workforce. Oklahoma's nationally-recognized Department of Career and Technology Education has led the way in helping veterans prepare for and secure good jobs through its Returning Warriors program. That's why on this week's Oklahoma Forum show we brought together Dr. Phil Berkenbile, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education and Major General Rita Aragon (ret), Oklahoma's Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.

By the spring of 2012, CareerTech will help provide veterans with certificates that are recognized by civilian employers and assist them in finding jobs suited to their skills through a partnership with private businesses and other government agencies. CareerTech assists with skill assessment and training of veterans in popular jobs including Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and jet engine mechanic.

Secretary Aragon announced that a new website, VeteranCentral.com, will serve as a national social network that will help connect employers and military veterans with appropriate job skills. The VeteranCentral.com service is scheduled to be launched later this month. In addition, she encouraged veterans to contact the following programs for job assistance:

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission;

Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education;

Oklahoma Community Colleges; and the

Oklahoma Small Business Development Center.

We hope this program will help veterans and their families as they make the adjustment into the workforce and civilian life. If you need further information, Secretary Aragon encourages veterans to contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thanks for reading.

Until next time,

Dick Pryor

(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Rita Aragon, Phil Berkenbile)


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