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Program Helps Connect Job-Seeking Veterans with Healthcare Companies

New Jersey residents who are leaving the armed services and looking for civilian jobs are having success finding work in the growing healthcare sector, with the help of a nonprofit that is connecting them with potential employers.

Program Helps Connect Job-Seeking Veterans with Healthcare Companies

New Jersey residents who are leaving the armed services and looking for civilian jobs are having success finding work in the growing healthcare sector, with the help of a nonprofit that is connecting them with potential employers.

Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) is working to provide a training program to nearly 100 New Jersey veterans, including many who are working at health insurance and pharmaceutical companies including Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Merck and Johnson & Johnson.

Program founder Arthur Langer said healthcare-related companies need workers in information technology and other support areas, and the work-study program can teach veterans the skills necessary to start work in those jobs.

He noted that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is prompting some of this need.

“Where there’s change there’s need, where there’s change there’s technology changes,” said Langer, director of the technology management program at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education.

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