Victory Tech began with a vision … the vision of two determined veterans.
So it is fitting that the ribbon was cut during the grand opening ceremony on Veterans Day at Victory Tech’s new state-of-the-art learning studio in Coraopolis, Pa. The ceremony included a tour of the learning studio and inspirational words from various speakers.
Daniel Nichols, President of Victory Tech, and Chris Hale, NaVOBA President, believe that every veteran is better off for serving. They also believe that veterans are more than up to the task to enter jobs in high demand but that they just need the boost in technical training necessary to excel. Hale said Victory Tech will redefine education by solving the skills gap and ending a trend of high student debt. Victory Tech is about rapid retraining. It is not a four-year institution rooted in liberal arts. At Victory Tech, Hale said the focus is training students to fill high demand technical jobs.
“We don’t care if our sports team makes the BCF,” he said with a laugh. “We care if students get hired.”
According to Hale, most schools use a career center as an afterthought, but at Victory Tech it is the first thought.
“We want to deliver education in the most efficient manner,” he said. “We want to forge practical, innovative solutions.”
With a mission to train to jobs in high demand, Victory Tech’s training focuses on and caters to the end result: the job.
As he watched his dream come to fruition, Nichols said “We want to line everyone up with a job. There’s always a path to a job.”
Nichols and Hale aren’t the only ones hoping for a bright and skilled future for today’s workforce.
Admiral Bill McGowen spoke about the abundance of job opportunities available for a skilled workforce. He said there is a big need to fill jobs in the natural gas industry.
“Natural gas will provide jobs for 100 years,” he said. “We must develop the workforce to support the industry.”
Larry Smith, American Bridge, told the crowd that skilled workers are diminishing. He said that aptitude, attitude, and willingness to learn are lacking in today’s job candidates.
“Victory Tech is taking a positive step forward in creating a skilled workforce,” he said.
The theme of veteran strength carried the ceremony.
Smith told a story of his experience with hiring a veteran.
“The veteran was young but mature,” Smith said. “He possessed the aptitude, attitude, and willingness to learn.”
Veteran Rocky Bleier, former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is an advocate for various veterans organizations and supports the mission of Victory Tech. He said that we can do better as a nation and a region, and he believes that Victory Tech is taking a step forward to rebuild Pittsburgh.
“Victory Tech will build the workforce of the future,” Bleier said.
Although Victory Tech has a veteran focus, you don’t have to be a veteran to be a student. For more information about Victory Tech, visit http://www.victorytechinstitute.com/
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