While we were here learning many computer programs and office etiquette, our Veterans were off protecting our country. Now, when they have returned to civilian life and the modern workforce, they are finding they do not have the skills that many of us do for landing that perfect job.
Their training in the armed forces does not guide them on how to maneuver through the multiple computer programs that are often used in the workforce today and asking for help and/or training is not engrained in their behavior. Even routine tasks like setting the notifications on the meeting calendar would enable them to ensure they are on time for meetings. In the military, it is thought that if you are not 10 minutes early for an event, you are late so it is very uncomfortable for Veterans to be late for meetings. While working with Veterans at Disability Advocates of Kent County, Christine Morse of Avid Marketing Alliance learned about the large gap in knowledge and wanted to make sure that all Veterans were “caught up to speed” on these tasks like she was trained over the years.
After her assignment at Disability Advocates of Kent County, Christine decided to help as many Veterans as she could by simply sharing her knowledge. She developed a program which trains Veterans on multiple programs, at least getting them up to the knowledge level that she and her teammates have had the privilege of learning. The trainings are listed below and take a great deal of energy and time in order to promote and deliver so she contacted SpartanNash because of their commitment to Veterans. “I understood that if any organization were to understand the importance, it would be SpartanNash. Just as I thought, they were in full support of helping Veterans to gain meaningful employment. They decided to participate by sponsoring this new program!” says Christine. “I couldn’t be more excited so me and my team mate Katie Potter who is a Veteran herself knew we were heading in the right direction!”
We have two classes scheduled for March 20 and March 22 which will focus on Microsoft programs. Other Veterans have offered to help coach, mentor, guide, and train other Veterans as we move forward throughout 2018 with multiple classes.
- Microsoft Office Products: This is an overview of the most commonly used aspects of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- LinkedIn and Resume Writing
- email and email Etiquette: Google and Outlook
- Civilian Workforce Etiquette
- A more extensive Excel training is being created and will be offered to those who want an extended training within this program.
SpartanNash has hundreds of employees that are Veterans and offer numerous services for our armed forces along with numerous other organizations. Christine says that “SpartanNash is one of our largest and most humble organizations in the community that help so many people. I will be proud to give them credit on all levels for their participation in this effort. We are also finding other organizations willing to participate by providing training locations such as the KDL , Kentwood Location, GRCC, and MiWorks.
March 20, 2018 SpartanNash Corporate Facility
3:00—5:00 pm 850 76th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Course Description: Learning the most popular tasks and navigation skills for producing Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Feel free to bring your laptops or we will have computers available for you as well.
Offering a second location so it may be easier for people. KDL is on the bus line!
March 22, 2018 KDL, Kentwood Location
3:00—5:00 pm 4950 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508
To learn more about the upcoming classes, please call Christine at 616.581.5876 or visit the Facebook page.