Michelle Obama announces new IT certification, licensing ventures

April 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A public-private effort will help U.S. veterans earn industry-recognized IT certifications before leaving the military, first lady Michelle Obama said Monday.

Besides announcing the partnership for IT certification, Obama announced a new Health and Human Services Department grant program that will help veterans with healthcare experience pursue nursing careers and earn a nursing license.

"They deserve a fair shot at a good job when they come home," Obama said of military personnel in remarks at a White House forum on military credentialing and licensing.

The partnership will provide up to 161,000 service members with the chance to gain the certifications they need for 12 high-demand, high-paying technology careers, Obama said, ranging from IT security analysts to computer programmers to quality assurance engineers.

She said the forum was just a beginning and that federal agencies were directed to host follow-up meetings.

"[Once] we've made it easier for veterans and military spouses to get the jobs they deserve, we need to make sure that companies are actually creating those jobs," Obama said, adding that on Tuesday the White House will announce "groundbreaking commitments by companies across this country to hire even more of our veterans and military spouses."

"We are not going to stop until all of our veterans and all of our military families have good jobs," she said, "the good jobs they deserve, the good jobs that they've earned, jobs that will help them build their careers and create a better future for their children."

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