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Graduation day for disabled veterans job training program

September 2, 2010

A new program designed to place disabled veterans into jobs in the high tech industry graduated its first students in Warwick today.

L to R- Veteran student Danny Charles, Jeff Barnes of VR Industries, veteran students Jesus Diaz, and Robert Davis.  Photo courtesy of  Veterans Assembled Electronics.

The three veterans- one from Rhode Island and two from New Bedford, now have the skills they need to inspect, rework, and test circuit boards. Program founder John Shepard says unlike other training courses for disabled veterans, his classes place students in well paying careers, not minimum wage jobs.

Shepard says veterans can expect 14 to 17 dollars an hour their first year working in the industry.  One graduate has already been hired at VR industries in Warwick, the other two will work as trainers for the next round of classes.

Shepard says he hopes to offer similar classes across the country and train 300 veterans in the next two years.

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