Erica deVry, Big4.com Staff Reporter
Four grants totaling more than $500,000 to help equip veterans with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce have been awarded by Accenture.
Hosted by the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the company awarded a grant to support the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a summer program to provide disabled veterans with the skills needed to start their own businesses. This will help Krannert expand its enrollment by covering the costs for lodging, books and materials, meals, and travel for up to eight bootcamp participants. In addition, Accenture volunteers will provide training and education programming to help enhance negotiation and communications skills as well as provide ongoing mentoring and webinars following the bootcamp.
New Sector Alliance will get a grant that will support the expansion of New Sector’s social change leadership training curriculum and fellowship programs to provide veterans with the skills they need to get jobs focused on social or environmental impact. The program will include skills-based curriculum development, technology platform development, training and fellowships. Accenture employees will volunteer as mentors, trainers, and career advisors, and also serve on an advisory committee of veterans and professionals to ensure the training is focused to veterans’ needs.
Through the grant with American Corporate Partners, a mentoring program that helps veterans successfully jump from military careers into business, Accenture will provide 50 executives with military backgrounds to serve as mentors. Finally, working with Kauffman FastTrac, an affiliate of the Kauffman Foundation, Accenture will provide educational support and resources to nearly 300 veterans interested in starting and growing their own companies