Occupational Wellness

SHRM: Since 2013, Prudential Foundation has provided more than $1.3 million to assist organizations train and employ veterans and their families. These funds supported, amongst other activities, a formal agreement between Dixon Center and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) providing thousands of hiring professionals with the training necessary to dramatically increase veteran employment across U.S. industries. The training program with the largest association for HR professionals in the United States resulted in increased veterans employment by enhancing the understanding of the needs of veteran job seekers and employers to connect veterans with meaningful employment, identify community resources, and generate new knowledge for the HR profession and community leaders.

Employment Planning: Dixon Center has worked with myriad of employers across 19 industries on employment planning services to assist veterans seeking jobs with career exploration and development, information about employment opportunities within the local community and the skills; education and training needed to recruit, integrate, train and retain veterans.

Job Placement Competitive Employment: Dixon Center has worked with multiple service providers and local community-based employment services to help veterans find and keep employment consistent with their employment goals. Vocational counseling, job seeking skills, adaptive needs assessment, case management services, and job development are just some examples of the menu of projects we have developed or expanded with dozens of organizations that might be used to include veterans by direct service providers.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Dixon Center has assisted organizations and worked with the Department of Labor in five states to develop local SCSEP capacity for job training and placement projects that matches quality older veterans with employers who value what they have to offer.

Supported Employment: Dixon Center supported employment projects build capacity in local communities through partner networks to help veterans secure and be trained in jobs they choose while assisting employers strengthen workforce diversity through veteran inclusion. The employer receives the assistance of Dixon Center’s team of experts to provide support during the initial training period.

Gray Wolves Telecom LLC: The National Communications/Telecoms Industry funded a $1.5 million strategic training – to – placement pilot program. Dixon Center provided leadership and expertise to assist in the project to train and place veterans, national guard and reserves, seeking long-term careers in the telecommunications industry.

Vets2Jobs: Vets2Jobs was a partnership of Dixon Center, Easter Seals New York, and Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, under a grant from BNY Mellon Foundation and a donation from a private funder. The focus of Vets2Jobs was to get veterans in front of employers and in living-wage jobs as quickly as possible. The first step was a community convening of potential employers, veterans groups, nonprofit providers, universities and community colleges, and government agencies. The program was comprised of job readiness workshops for veterans, including reviewing resumes and conducting mock interviews.

Heroes to HealthCare (H2HC): A pilot program launched in Illinois for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserve and National Guard helped them find gainful employment opportunities through no-cost training in health care industries. H2HC trained human resource professionals, in the health care field, in the essentials of transitioning medics from the military into civilian employment. H2HC also identifies career paths for those individuals with specialty training and skill sets to enable the employer and/or industry expert to bridge the gaps and impediments that a veteran may encounter in obtaining employment.

Veterans to Manufacturing project was launched with small businesses in manufacturing, state workforce agencies, and the Alliance for Manufacturing in the North Business Industrial Center.