Campus is First in State to Host Program to Help Vets Break into Life-sciences Industry
Twenty-five veterans earning degrees at UMass Lowell are participating in a program designed to help them to translate their military strengths into success in one of Massachusetts’ fastest-growing industries.
UMass Lowell is the first university in Massachusetts to work with Edge4Vets to provide specialized training as well as connections with prominent companies in life sciences as a way to offer the student-veterans entry into the field. Among the benefits of the program are guaranteed interviews for internships with major employers.
Edge4Vets — which began three years ago at Fordham University — is earning a national reputation for success in helping veterans translate their military strengths, including strong core values and skills, into success in acquiring civilian jobs.
Executives from sponsoring companies participate as mentors during workshops where student-veterans are instructed in how to gain clarity on their strengths, develop confidence expressing them and make connections to build a network of contacts that can land them a job and career.
More than 1,400 student-veterans attend UMass Lowell, which is ranked among the most military-friendly schools in the nation by G.I. Jobs magazine. Home to award-winning ROTC units and an active student-veterans’ organization, the University in 2011 established an Office of Veterans’ Services and dedicated space on campus to serve this population’s specific needs.