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Operation Next Gives Servicemen and Women, and Their Families, Opportunities for Employment

America’s debt to its veterans and their families is immeasurable. A new program at Highlands College works to help connect families who have sacrificed so much with careers in the welding industry and CNC machining industry.

Operation Next is a program that provides free welding or CNC certification and training to veterans or immediate family members. It’s a program that fills a gap for military families. While the veteran unemployment rate was 2.5% in February 2023, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Defense surveys note that rates of unemployment for spouses of...


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