If you’re a veteran in Massachusetts and interested in a civilian career involving medical technology, a new mentoring program has been announced, which will train up to 50 MA veterans to enter the medical technology workforce as part of the Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program (MassMVP). Below is the official press release about the program, including program contact details. To check up on healthcare jobs for veterans across the nation, you can also check out the Military.com Job Search section.
Massachusetts Life Sciences Center & MassMEDIC announce medical technology mentoring program for local veterans
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) and MassMEDIC announced today plans for a medical technology mentoring program for U.S. military veterans residing in Massachusetts. The program will train up to 50 Massachusetts veterans to enter the medical technology workforce as part of the Massachusetts Medical Technology Veterans Program (MassMVP) and is being organized in partnership with the International Center for Professional Development (ICPD), an experienced provider of career development counseling using personalized mentoring, face-to-face experiential training and ongoing web-based support. The expanded program builds on the work that began last month with the launch of the Medical Technology Veterans Program (MVP) at AdvaMed 2012: The Medtech Conference in Boston and will provide veterans with training and networking opportunities within the medical device and diagnostics industries, including opportunities to exchange knowledge with industry experts.
The rate of unemployment for recently returned veterans stands at 10%, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 7.9%. Veterans often return from active duty with skills that are relevant to the medtech industry. The program will seek to build on those skills and provide networking opportunities to help Massachusetts veterans find employment in the medtech industry.
“An important goal of the MLSC is to promote access for residents of the Commonwealth to the skilled and well-paying jobs in our life sciences sectors. The MVP Mentoring Program creates this opportunity for local veterans who have put their lives on the line and are now returning home and re-entering the workforce,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC. “I can think of no better use of the Center’s funds than to sponsor this important program. Sincere thanks to MassMEDIC and the members of our medtech community for joining the Center in making the program possible.”
The program will kick off with a one-day training seminar on February 14, 2013 at UMass Boston. During this seminar, returning veterans will be paired with medical technology experts from across the Commonwealth who will serve as mentors, and guide the participating veterans through their jobs search within the medtech industry. Following the training, participants will receive one year of support using MedicalTechnologyVeterans.org, the MVP’s online social media tool and mentoring portal.
“Governor Patrick and I applaud the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center for its leadership in working with our returning veterans to support opportunities for reentry into the workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services. “We are proud of the hard work and sacrifice of our brave soldiers, and we want to ensure a successful transition back home. Our returning veterans are well-trained with valuable skills that can be strengthened by the MedTech Veterans Program and mentoring from leaders within the state’s world-renowned medical technology industry.”
“Massachusetts is the national leader in veterans’ services for many reasons, but none more so than the strong collaborations we have made to maximize our resources and provide world-class, comprehensive benefits to our service members and their families,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Coleman Nee. “The MassMVP program is a great example of how the public and private sector can come together to ensure we are creating innovative and meaningful programs to successfully transition our veterans from combat to career success.”
“This initiative is an exciting and strategic way to connect our Veterans to booming industries,“ said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Joanne F. Goldstein. “In today’s armed forces, Veterans acquire cutting-edge skills, which can easily transfer and translate to jobs in the life sciences sector. This program is innovative and in keeping with the Patrick-Murray administration’s commitment to re-employ our Veterans who have honorably served our nation.”
“MassMEDIC is pleased to be working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center on this project. We look forward to exposing Massachusetts veterans to the potential job opportunities in the region’s medical device industry,” said Thomas Sommer, President of MassMEDIC.
ICPD President Elisabeth Freeman commented that “we are honored to be able to conduct this program in Massachusetts and build upon the mentoring program that we started with AdvaMed for military veterans. This effort is modeled after our past successes in supporting minority research students as they move into careers in science-based industries.”
The Massachusetts MedTech Veterans Program is open to veterans residing in Massachusetts, and mentoring roles are available to individuals working in the medtech industry. Participation is free. Individuals interested in participating should contact Beth Nicklas, MLSC General Counsel and Vice President for Academic & Workforce Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.