CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A grant from Boeing will help support a program that aims to ease the transition from military to civilian life for veterans in our area.
The $80,000 grant will go towards the Veterans Career Transition Program in the College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University.
The program aims to help teach veterans about techniques in leadership, allowing them to practice applying those techniques through case study and role play. It consists of a two-hour orientation and five one and a half hour development modules, culminating with two hours of one-on-one with a career services counselor.
The newly-formed program will help veterans better understand how their military skills can translate to different settings.
“To make the transition from military to civilian life, a lot of times we forget how to market yourself and our skills that we’ve learned in the military. The military spends a lot of money and time training us and we forget how to market that," said Greg Nance, Director of Veterans Services for CCU.
According to Nance, Horry County is the second fastest growing county in the state for the veteran population, currently at 30,000. The program, which lasts about four months, will be tailored to each participant including a self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses and personalized coaching.
“Learning how to lead face-to-face as opposed to learning how to lead. For example, if a lieutenant is leading 300 soldiers in Iraq, these soldiers are typically going to be in different areas, different provinces. So you’re not leading face-to-face. A lot of corporate businesses have that piece, face-to-face leadership," said Nance.
The program is capped at 60 veterans. The first group of 15 participants will begin the program in February. Meanwhile, they’re currently accepting applications for the second group. For more information, click here.