Tullahoma Career Center Invites Employers to Join Forces with Veterans
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 | 07:37am
Local Office Opens House to Jobless Veterans
TULLAHOMA – Veteran’s Day is recognized across the nation as a celebration to honor America’s veterans, living patriots either currently serving or retired, for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Governor Haslam has joined in honoring Tennessee’s veterans by naming November 6-12 as Veterans Recognition Week.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis requested the proclamation to raise awareness of the Department’s program to employ veterans returning from service and of past military campaigns.
“Tennessee Career Centers are here to support veterans and do whatever we can to connect them with work opportunities, said Commissioner Davis. “The state has veterans’ representatives who are standing by to offer career counseling, job matching, and we consult employers on the benefits of hiring Tennessee’s vets.”
On Thursday, November 10, 2011, the Tennessee Career Center at Tullahoma is hosting an open house from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in recognition of Veteran’s Day. All veterans and non-veterans are welcome. Employers are invited to learn more about the Career Center’s services. The Tullahoma Career Center is located at 111 East Lincoln Street. Statewide, the Tennessee Department of Labor provides job service to nearly 35,000 veterans every year. Labor representatives are partnering with many branches of the military to reach returning service members as they transition from military to civilian life.
“Military veterans are proven products that have been challenged professionally throughout their military careers under some of the most rigorous and dangerous of conditions,” said Tullahoma Career Center veterans’ representative Mitch Norton. “A veteran is one who, from the first day of military training, undergoes a mental and physical transformation that produces a highly trained and disciplined team player."
“Many veterans attend some of the most highly and technically advanced schools in the world. After leaving the service, many of these military specialties will transfer to the private sector, providing huge savings to employers. For the employer, hiring a veteran can mean only one thing . . . a win-win opportunity!”
All Tennessee Career Centers give veterans “priority of service,” a federal initiative that gives veterans first notice of job orders from local employers. Employee recruiting is a free service to all employers and applicants are screened based on the experience criteria set by the employer.
Tennessee employers can benefit from hiring veterans by receiving federal income tax credits under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program or WOTC. Tennessee is in the top ten in the nation for employers using WOTC, and this year more than 50,000 income tax credits were approved for new hires. To receive additional information regarding WOTC, please call 1-800-432-5268 (in state only) or visit http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/wotc.html.
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