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IVMF Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) announced it has received an inaugural $20,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, IVMF will support its STEM curriculum—science, technology, engineering and math—in its national career skills training program, Onward to Opportunity-Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP). Offered at 10 military installations around the U.S. and also online, O2O-VCTP provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to the nearly 200,000 annually transitioning service members, members of the reserves or National Guard, veterans and military spouses.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations that support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.
“Support of our work through philanthropy and leading foundations such as Motorola is critical to delivering career training to the nearly 200,000 service members that transition out of the service each year as well as their families,” says Mike Haynie, vice chancellor and executive director of the IVMF. “The IVMF looks forward to expanding our STEM curriculum offerings across the U.S. with this grant to assist our service members and veterans in their pursuit of employment in high-demand careers within that category such as IT, cyber security, programming and more.”
“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the IVMF and Syracuse University. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” says Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.