Connecting skilled veterans with careers in STEM
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) —
Idaho has hundreds of veterans who are skilled in technology, while thousands of tech jobs are going unfilled.
Our state has one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the country.
Last year, there were more than 3800 tech jobs in our state that went unfilled.
"Those are skills we need in the Treasure Valley and veterans are coming out of the military with that," said Maureen O'Toole, Founder of the Idaho STEM Action Center.
The skills that veterans learn in the military directly translate to the jobs that need to be filled in Idaho's tech industry.
So, why aren't they being filled?
Unfortunately, those skills are too often overlooked.
"There is no question that there is an opportunity from a legislative standpoint to change the way that skills from the military are recognized in the civilian world," said Brent Taylor, Executive Director of the Wyakin Foundation. "There is a disconnect and a gap in that process right now and I think there is a great opportunity to fix that."
If you or someone you know is a veteran who may be interested in a career in STEM, you're encouraged to reach out to the V.A., the Idaho STEM Action Center, or the Wyakin Foundation.
All of these organizations are eager to help connect veterans to these resources.