Harvard University today (Feb. 23) announced it will participate in the American Corporate Partners (ACP) mentoring program to help returning veterans transition from the armed services back to the workplace through career counseling and social networking. The program will provide Harvard Mentors for returning vets, who seek assistance leveraging their past military experience into private sector and public sector jobs.
“This program is a unique way to assist our veterans as they enter or re-enter the workforce. We are grateful for their service to our country and we are pleased to participate in this innovative program,” said Marilyn Hausammann, Vice President of Human Resources.
The University’s program, which will begin March 2010, will be run by Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development. Mentors and veterans will be paired by ACP and will work on a one-to-one basis for one year. Participants in the program will identify and work on career building, work-life balance, personal finance, and networking.
Sid Goodfriend, ACP’s founder is “delighted that Harvard University has decided to join our program. Harvard has a long history of developing leaders in both public service and in business and is a natural fit to offer career guidance to returning veterans.”
ACP is a New York-based nonprofit organization and launched its nationwide mentoring program in the fall of 2008. Harvard is joining the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas System as well as numerous corporations as participants in the mentoring program.
ACP’s national mentoring program accepts former enlisted members and officers and current Reservists and National Guard members, who have served on active duty since 2001. They also accept spouses of those service members who have been severely wounded or killed in action.
Harvard strives to create learning opportunities to build individual and organizational capability. Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development (CWD) offers a wide range of professional and career development courses designed to help employees grow in their current positions and prepare for the future. CWD also specializes in leadership and management development and provides organizational development consulting and executive coaching services at minimal to no cost.