Lincoln Tech: Uniquely Qualified to Assist Veterans
As the nation honors its veterans this year, Lincoln Tech would like to extend our deepest thanks for the sacrifices made by the servicemen and women of our Armed Forces. One of the most challenging aspects of transitioning from the military into civilian life can be carving out a new career path – and Lincoln Tech stands ready to help.
We’re proud of our many veteran graduates who have launched rewarding new careers using many of the skills they developed during their service. We’re also proud of our past designations as a Military Friendly school. We offer a wide range of resources for veterans who may need guidance, assistance, and new career skills, and our campuses have staff members who are veterans themselves.
Recently, Jim Kuntz – President of the South Plainfield campus and a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant – shared his thoughts and advice for veterans considering their options for a new career after leaving the military.
What advice do you have for veterans in the process of choosing a career training school?
JK: Learn about the outcomes of the school by checking the consumer disclosure rates of the campus (available on a school’s website; click here for an example). Also look for a school that has flexible hours to match your own scheduling needs. Veterans may also want to consider whether or not the school has a SVA chapter and what specific services do they offer veterans, like free tutoring after school.
Why can career training be necessary for veterans looking to transition back into civilian careers?
JK: Some veterans in the military worked in jobs that do not necessarily correlate to civilian careers. They joined the service, for example, to get money for college – but for many, getting a skill is a much better option than getting a degree. With technical colleges students tend to graduate and enter the workforce more quickly, usually within 1-2 years depending on the program and career path they choose. This is important for that veteran that has a family and does not have time for four or more years of college.
Why are hands-on careers in the auto, diesel and skilled trade industries good fits for our nation’s veterans?
JK: These are careers that are in demand (tens of thousands of jobs are projected* in fields like automotive, diesel and transport refrigeration, Welding, and HVAC, for example), and they will be around forever. Heavy Equipment is another example of this. They can’t be outsourced, so veterans don’t need to worry about these jobs not being available 20, 30, or 40 years from now.
Why is Lincoln Tech a school veterans should consider when they’re looking at career training options?
JK: Lincoln Tech is uniquely qualified to assist veterans because we understand their needs. We offer flexible schedules (day and evening courses), we help build in-demand skills, and we offer extra tutoring for those who need it to ensure they are successful once they graduate.
This Veterans Day, and all year-round, Lincoln Tech is thankful for the opportunity and privilege to assist our nation’s veterans as they begin new career paths. If you are, or know someone who is, a veteran in need of career guidance and assistance, we would be honored to help!
* Source: careeronestop.org for the years 2014-2024.