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The next round of helping Oklahoma veterans find civilian jobs will begin with interviews the week of Jan. 25 to select qualified veterans for four weeks of free training and other services.

The Veterans Workforce Investment Program, based at East Central University in Ada, will begin its next session on Feb. 4 to prepare veterans, at no cost to them, for "green jobs" in fields such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Space is limited, so interested veterans should call 580-559-5852 as soon as possible about attending.

The VWIP program at ECU is one of only 17 in the nation which trains veterans for green jobs. The four weeks of training also help veterans develop resumes, prepare for job interviews, search for jobs, develop life skills and improve skills.

After completing the intensive training, veterans earn green job certification for weatherization and blower door use, infrared science use and analysis, solar energy system, and basic environmental science, as well as paid Class "D" licenses for entry-level positions in water and wastewater.

Once a veteran is certified, he or she receives assistance with job placement. Room and board for the VWIP program can also be arranged, if needed.

"This is a great opportunity for many Oklahoma veterans," said Mary Huckleberry Meeks, director of the Veterans Workforce Investment Program. "Along with the training that enables them to get in on the ground floor of a growing industry, VWIP also will teach them how to find and land a job."

To qualify for VWIP, a veteran must have served more than 180 days of active service or have a service-connected disability. Veterans who were dishonorably discharged are not eligible.

For more information or to apply for the Veterans Workforce Investment Program, call 580-559-5852.

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