Wisconsin’s technical colleges stand ready to serve our veterans

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By Erin Eagan

During the transition from military to civilian life, Wisconsin’s veterans often pursue higher education. While the skills and discipline learned in the service can give them an edge in the job market, it isn’t always enough. Knowing this, more veterans are enrolling in college than ever before.

Wisconsin’s technical colleges have responded to this surge by increasing the services and assistance they provide specifically targeted to student veterans. This year alone, there are 1,414 veterans utilizing their GI Bill benefits throughout Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges where they can choose from over 300 career program offerings to help them further their education and find a new career path.

With a post-secondary education, veterans are better equipped to enter a competitive job market. Here are just a few post-military careers veterans are pursuing, including median salary and employment rate six months after graduation, according to the 2015 WTCS Graduate Outcomes Report:

1. Information Technology Specialist — Applies technical expertise to the implementation, monitoring, or maintenance of IT systems.

Starting median salary: $41,597
Employment rate: 88%

2. Supply Chain Manager — Responsible for the management of the flow of goods and services from point of origin to point of consumption.

Starting median salary: $39,517
Employment rate: 92%

3. Electromechanical Technician —Operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic or electromechanical equipment.

Starting median salary: $50,415
Employment rate: 95%

4. HR Manager — Oversee a company’s recruiting and hiring efforts. They administer benefits and act as the link between top management and employees.

Starting median salary: $35,565
Employment rate: 83%

5. Truck Driver — Delivers goods while operating a tractor-trailer truck.

Starting median salary: $44,302
Employment rate: 93%

For more information, connect with your local Veteran Certifying Official. He or she will ensure your benefits will take care of your needs while you attend college and get you started on the path to your new career.