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IBM Pledges to Hire 2K Military Veterans Under “New Collar” Jobs; Diane Gherson Comments

IBM will recruit up to 2,000 U.S. military veterans through 2020 as part of an ongoing commitment to hire 25,000 workers for “new collar” technology roles and positions that do not necessarily require a four-year college degree.

The company said Friday it will also expand a nationwide program designed to train veterans on the use of various software platforms such as i2 Analysts’ Notebook for defense and law enforcement applications.

“Many of the positions IBM is eager to fill are new collar jobs,” said Diane Gherson, senior vice president of human resources at IBM.

“What’s most important in these roles is having the right mix of skills and experience that our clients need in fast-growing areas like cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management, and digital design,” Gherson added.

IBM also partnered with nonprofit organization Corporate America Supports You to offer career placement services in addition to a certification exam designed to assess cybersecurity and national security software skills of current and former military personnel.

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