Discovery Communications are to expand its ‘Discover Your Skills’ public affairs job skills program that looks to support veterans in accessing training to translate their military skills and experience into civilian job opportunities by launching new resources and programs.
Discovery is also expanding its partnership with Montgomery College by launching career development programs for veterans. The programs, launching in spring 2012, will include workshops on resume writing and interview techniques, group and one-on-one mentorships with Discovery professionals, and internship opportunities at the company.
“With Veterans Day approaching, we are reminded of the sacrifices that the men and women of our military make on behalf of all of us, and the importance of helping our heroes successfully transition to the civilian workforce when their service is ended,” said David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications.
“Discovery is proud to partner with Montgomery College, and to leverage our ‘Discover Your Skills’ job skills initiative, to highlight the in-demand job opportunities available today across many industries and to help veterans access the necessary training and information to take advantage of them.”
The Discovery and Montgomery College partnership is being developed and carried out as part of Montgomery College’s Combat2College program, which provides academic and social opportunities and support services for veterans and current service members.
Discovery’s ‘Discover Your Skills’ initiative is designed to provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to critical resources for obtaining marketable job skills and expertise, and to raise awareness of career opportunities in a range of industries from aviation, manufacturing, health care to energy, technology, construction and beyond.
Discovery Education is also looking to introduce a community college service for the 2012-2013 academic year designed to provide curriculum-based content to support post-secondary institutions and help prepare students with the skills necessary to compete in today’s job market.