The Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce has announced a strategic partnership with New Horizons of Wisconsin and Mission Wisconsin to expand up-skilling opportunities for military veterans, service members, and their families in Wisconsin. The partnership will provide military veterans with ready access to technology and business certification programs and scholarship opportunities while assisting employers with the development military- and veteran- talent programs.

“Expanding outreach and services to the military-affiliated population presents a unique solution to Wisconsin’s workforce shortage while addressing the employment needs of our state’s veterans and service members,” said WVCC President/CEO Saul Newton. “Our partnership with New Horizons of Wisconsin and Mission Wisconsin allows us to strategically engage with job seekers while providing direct assistance to employers seeking to recruit and train veteran- and military-talent.”

Wisconsin is home to more than 300,000 military veterans, and Department of Defense data shows nearly 4,500 military service members leave active duty and relocate to the state every year. While Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of military veterans is historically low, underemployment has been shown to be one of the most significant challenges faced by returning veterans. According to a study conducted by LinkedIn, veterans are 37 percent more likely to be underemployed than nonveterans.

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