While the unemployment rate for veterans has been falling over the last two years, it still remains at historic highs with more than half a million active-duty veterans looking for work.
Veteran Fitness Career College (VFCC), a nonprofit vocational school that provides a cutting edge personal training education specifically for veterans, is helping to solve the problem. The school is operated by former military personnel with a combined 150 years of military experience.
With programs tailored toward putting veterans on a fitness career path, Veterans Fitness Career College partners with businesses such as Golds Gym to get veterans back in the workforce.
“With so many veterans returning home in the last few years, we are seeing historic unemployment numbers with veterans,” says the college website. “Veterans are in need of a sustainable and rewarding career option where they can support themselves and their families.”
By providing veterans a path of transition from active-duty military to civilian life, Veteran Fitness Career College helps to reduce unemployment among retired military personnel and give a sense of purpose to many well deserving vets.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fitness training is one of the fastest growing occupations and is “ideal for veteran and transitioning service members.”
As a U.S. Air Force Golf War veteran, Chris Paschane combined his passion for fitness with his commitment to helping veterans to form the school and provide unprecedented transition into a fitness career.
And as part of its Veterans Fitness Career Collaborative, VFCC has partnered with corporations such as 24 Hour Fitness, FitnessJobs.com and Golds Gym to ensure its students find work. According to the VFCC website, graduates can expect to earn $53,000 a year on average.
VFCC is backed by the Veteran Business Institute, Helping Hands for Freedom and Military4Hire, three organizations dedicated to finding work for veterans.
For more information on VFCC, visit their website at www.vcfcollege.org