NBC Connecticut, Telemundo Connecticut and NBC Universal are proud to bring you Project Innovation. We are awarding $225,000 locally to non-profits using tech-based approaches to solve real-life problems.
The Veterans Vocational Program at the CT Public Broadcasting’s IAM Institute for Advanced Media utilizes advanced digital and technology skills to help veterans find jobs. The program is one of six Project Innovation winners this year. NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are awarding it $25,000 in grant money.
“This grant allows individuals to come to our program, take advantage of these scholarships, and it allows us to develop new curriculums,” said Donna Sodipo, Senior VP of Education.
After serving nine years in the military, Sami-Kaie Milling from Windsor says transitioning back to civilian life has been tough.
“Just finding your place and where you belong,” he said. “That’s one of the hardest things I’ve found. This is something that I’ve been interested in since I was a teenager, I just never had the opportunity.”
Sodipo said their program serves 50 students a year so they can invest a lot of time into each person.
"We want to make sure we can serve the whole person," she said.
They plan to launch two new classes in the fall.