At the May 5th White House Joining Forces Employment Announcement Event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden NS2 Serves was honored for its pledge to train and place 400 veterans in careers by 2021. At this ceremony there were a total of 40 companies recognized for efforts and promise to train and hire veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
Over the past five years the Joining Forces initiative has worked with the private sector to increase employment and career development opportunities for veterans and military spouses. More than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been trained and employed as a result of the Joining Forces initiative.
First Lady Michelle Obama stated, “Our veterans and military spouses are some of the most dedicated, skilled, talented people in this country. We can serve them as well as they have served this country.”
“We talk about how we can salute our service members and how to thank them for their service. This is it. It’s about giving our veterans the opportunity they have earned,” added Dr. Jill Biden.
NS2 Serves is a three month in-residence program that instructs the participants in SAP software solutions which support a variety of U.S. government and business missions. The participants also receive guidance on communication, soft business skills and placement assistance in addition to the high-tech training. At the conclusion of the three months the students earn “Certified SAP Associate” status which is a globally recognized and highly sought after certification in the IT industry. The NS2 Cares program has a 100 percent graduation and job placement rate with an average starting salary of $60,000.
Mark Testoni, President of NS2 Serves and CEO of SAP NS2, and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force stated, “Like all military units, our veteran students work together to tackle the studies, tasks and challenges presented to them to earn a career in IT consultancy. Our program is uniquely effective because it tackles two problems at once – providing transitioning veterans with a marketable skill set, while filling the void for highly qualified, team and goal focused professionals for the national security community – a helping hand also helping out country.”