SCTE shows support to veterans’ cable careers through Vet-Net
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers officially announced the formation of its SCTE Veterans Network (Vet-Net), which is a program that was designed to assist veterans of United States armed forces to make the transition to careers in the cable telecommunications industry.
SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban, who is a veteran of the United States Army, mentioned Vet-Net during his opening remarks at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo last month in Orlando, Fla.
The program will pull together the collective resources of the cable technology community and other organizations to identify discharged members of the military with an interest in becoming part of cable’s next-generation workforce. SCTE Vet-Net will provide industry-specific tools, training and certifications, as well as support infrastructures that can link military veterans directly with established industry personnel and resources.
“We’ve positioned SCTE Vet-Net squarely at the intersection of public and private sector needs,” Dzuban said. “The program will enable cable to play an important role in transitioning our servicemen and women to positions in the private sector, and at the same time will meet the industry’s needs for highly skilled candidates for the next-generation cable workforce.”
SCTE Vet-Net will help veterans take advantage of online and live SCTE training and educational resources, as well as industry-recognized, Veterans Education-approved certifications. The program will also aid in the development of in-person connections via focused networking groups and employer outreach, including SCTE-sponsored networking events and mentoring programs.
“Continuing the industry’s legacy of innovation will require increasing levels of technical expertise, leadership and motivation from engineering and operations professionals,” said Rahman Khan, director of diversity recruiting strategy for Time Warner Cable. “SCTE Vet-Net will allow veterans to build upon their existing skill sets, their team-building skills, and their unquestioned drive and determination to more quickly and successfully find positions of interest and support others within the cable industry.”
SCTE members or military veterans who currently are employed in the cable industry can participate in networking groups that will provide insight and advice to veterans who are candidates for cable engineering positions. In addition, a “Sponsor-a-Vet” element will allow SCTE members and other individuals involved in the cable industry to sponsor SCTE memberships for veterans and enable them to take full advantage of theft-Net program.
“Matching qualified veterans with jobs in the private sector is an implied but critical part of the country’s military commitment. As part of that commitment, Comcast has pledged to hire 1,000 veterans in the next three years,” said Marcia Shippey, Comcast Vet-Net Leader. “Vet-Net is the latest in a series of programs that have been implemented by the cable industry to help our servicemen and women, and we’re proud to support this important SCTE initiative.”