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Virginia Tech recognized for hiring more veterans than any other state agency

September 14, 2015

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Veterans Outreach Assistant Lamont Calloway (left) and Director of Staffing and Recruiting Curtis Mabry (right) accept the Virginia Values Veterans Governor’s Award from Gov. Terry McAuliffe (center) during the 3rd Annual V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) Summit on August 27 in Richmond, Virginia. Calloway is one of the 104 veterans Virginia Tech hired in 2014-15 and a founding member of the university’s Veterans Caucus.

Virginia Tech has been awarded a statewide Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Governor's Award for hiring more veterans than any other state agency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. There are 65 state agencies, including 39 colleges and universities.

During the 2014-15 fiscal year, the university hired 104 veterans in a variety of full and part-time staff, professional, teaching, research, and wage positions in various locations across the state.

"There's no question that veterans have many of the skills we are looking for in our employees at Virginia Tech," said Hal Irvin, associate vice president of Human Resources. "In addition to being incredibly talented in a variety of areas, they are loyal, committed, and mission focused."

As the military begins to downsize, the number of service members leaving the military is increasing. Virginia Tech has expanded its efforts to help veterans find employment at the university. In addition to attending dozens of job fairs across the country and spending time working with unemployed veterans locally, the university's human resources professionals work closely with the Virginia Employment Commission offices in Radford, Roanoke, and Wytheville to identify veterans seeking post service employment opportunities.

The hiring initiative is one of many initiatives Virginia Tech has implemented to focus on the needs of veterans.

  • Last month, employees came together to form the university's first veterans caucus to network and advocate for student and employee veterans.
  • In April 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration selected Virginia Tech to host a one-day Boots to Business entrepreneurial workshop for past and present service members and their dependents.
  • In 2013, Virginia Tech became the first public university in the state to become certified as a Virginia Values Veterans employer.
  • In 2010, students formed the university’s first student veterans organization.
  • In 2010, the Department of Human Resources established the Vet-to-Vet program to assist veterans looking for job opportunities at Virginia Tech.
  • The university has consistently been recognized as a Military Friendly School.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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