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Cisco, White House to Expand IT Training and Certification Program for Vets

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Cisco, the White House and other information technology companies are expanding a program aimed at providing IT training and certifications for transitioning veterans, NextGov reported Nov. 8.

Brittany Ballenstedt wrote that the program, launched in April, will now accept more than the initially targeted 1,000 veterans with IT backgrounds.

The veterans accepted into the program will receive free and reduced-cost IT training and certification exams.

Michael Veysey, Cisco director of veterans programs, noted that although expanding the program will be difficult due to sequestration and other budget cuts, the program’s sponsors, which includes the Pentagon, will meet on Nov. 20 to discuss a possible second phase of the program.

“The time is now for the private and public sector to establish these long-term programs because these challenges are going to be with us for decades. We’ve got the momentum now and I think we need to capitalize on it,” Veysey added.

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