Veterans to Careers Program

Veterans to Careers - Employers
USC Aiken, ATC and the AWP

In partnership with the Aiken Warrior Project (AWP), the University of South Carolina Aiken (USC Aiken) and Aiken Technical College (ATC) seek to establish a collaborative relationship with Aiken County businesses to provide employment opportunities for military veterans while they earn a degree. The Veterans to Careers Program seeks to match the veterans’ military service, discipline and skills of junior enlisted and non-commissioned officers to temporary positions in partnering businesses in Aiken County.
The goal of the Veterans to Careers initiative is to enhance the quality of life for military members, just completing their service, by assisting them in applying for a part-time position with local businesses and organizations while earning a college degree. Veterans participating in the Veterans to Careers Program will have access to the GI Bill Veterans benefit or other federal support and will be enrolled full-time with either institution. Ideally, the veteran student will earn a degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) and upon graduation they will be considered for employment meeting the region’s future workforce needs.
Participating companies will commit to hire one to five veteran students and provide fifteen (15) to twenty (20) hours of work each week in a position of need but ideally related to a student’s field of study. Each Veteran to Career participant will be paid a maximum of $9.00 per hour for the first semester; thereafter, the participating company may award incentive increases based on company policies.
During a student’s final semester of education, participating companies should notify participants of any full-time employment opportunities, based on company needs, which may exist upon their successful completion of the program of study. If employment opportunities are unavailable, participants could be referred to other participating companies. Availability of fringe benefits may vary based on company policy. Company representatives will provide information about such benefits at the time of the interview/selection process. Students will be referred to participating companies based on an application process reviewed by the college representative and agreed upon by participating companies.
Veteran to Career participants are expected to adhere to the guidelines listed below.
  1. Attend and earn a GPA of 2.5 at USC Aiken or ATC for a minimum of one semester of full-time study to demonstrate a commitment to academic study prior to applying for the program.
  2. A Veteran to Career participant is expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be a full-time student (12 semester hours Fall and Spring, 9 semester hours in summer semester).
  3. If a participant’s GPA falls below the established GPA requirement, the participant may be placed on academic probation. Exceptions to this will be handled on an individual basis with USC Aiken, ATC, and the participant.
  4. Additional work hours are contingent upon the company’s need for the participant to work overtime, however the requirements outlined in item 1-3 will still be maintained.
  5. Each semester, USC Aiken or ATC advisors and the will evaluate the Veteran to Career participants’ academic performance. USC Aiken or ATC will ascertain academic progress each semester through the early alert process which identifies students having problems. In addition, advisors will check student progress again at midterm.
  6. Participating companies may request/suggest the participant to take additional courses and/or to meet other academic or work standards to enhance their future employability with the company.
Please complete the and MOA. Once you submit the forms our office will forward available Veterans to Careers participants for your review. Contact our office if you have any questions.
ATC Students
Mail: Aiken Technical College
P.O. Drawer 696
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: Patsy Fields: (803) 508-7278
Shareffa Harris: (803) 508-7420
Fax: (803) 594-9461
Email: Patsy Fields:
Shareffa Harris:
Room: 1014
USCA Students
Mail: USC Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
Contact: Robert Murphy
Phone: (803) 641-3582
USC Aiken Aiken Technical College Aiken Warrior Project
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