MSEJ April 2016 - Page 16

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Want to Impact the American Way of Life?

Consider a Wireless Career

The next time you drive down the highway, ask your passenger to keep track of how many cell towers they notice.

Ask Vince Patton, Ed. D, former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, 30 year Coast Guard Veteran, and President of Warriors4Wireless, about cell towers, and he’ll give you an astonishing answer:

“In 1995, there were, according to PCIA, about 800 cell towers in the United States. By 2015, there are over 200,000 cell towers in the US.

Talking to Vince Patton and Scott Tekesky, Chief of Staff for Warriors4Wireless, you can hear the enthusiasm in their voices, an excitement caused by the rapid growth of wireless technology and the industry, as well as a sincere desire to help military members and Veterans transition into careers with growth potential, not just jobs.

Vince explains what brought him to Warriors4Wireless, a non-profit that helps put Veterans into wireless careers, “Towards the end of my Coast Guard career, I had many assignments where I mentored military careerists who were trying to answer the question, ‘What am I going to do next?’ In my civilian career, I spent time at in the Veterans program trying to help individuals answer that same question. Warriors4Wireless is one of the best answers to that question for many Veterans.”

Warriors4Wireless isn’t a one size fits all program. It offers a variety of training opportunities—from a two week training course to nine week, college integrated

courses , from courses that focus on tower installation to ones that focus on broadband technician opportunities. But the program doesn’t only focus on training: Warriors4Wireless has a vigorous career development emphasis. Warriors4Wireless works with each Veteran to ensure they are placed in the right opportunity, whether that be attending a four year college or going

straight to work. Many Veterans do just that—go straight to work. Scott Tekesky noted that going into their last two week training, five students already had job offers; about 60 percent of students who complete their course have work lined up immediately after course completion.