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Rep. Dykema Supports New Program to Help Employ Veterans

by Leah Robins

 “One of the greatest challenges our returning soldiers face is finding local employment. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and partner organizations are playing a leadership role in addressing this important need and supporting our veterans as they seek to return to the civilian workforce. This is a great example of how public and private organizations can work together and ensure the needs of our soldiers are met when they return home. This is a responsibility we must take seriously, and I’m so pleased that this opportunity is now available to those who have served our country,” said Representative Dykema.  

The rate of unemployment for recently returned veterans stands at 10%, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 7.9%.  Veterans often return from active duty with skills that are relevant to the medtech industry, making this sector a natural fit for employing returning servicemen and women.  The program will seek to build on skills developed in a military setting and provide networking opportunities to help Massachusetts veterans find employment in the industry. 

The program will kick off with a one-day training seminar on February 14, 2013 at UMass Boston.  Participating veterans will be paired with industry mentors who work at medical device and diagnostic companies. During the training participants will learn about careers in the medical technology industry and receive career development coaching and networking opportunities. After the training, participants will stay connected using an online mentoring portal for veterans.

The Massachusetts MedTech Veterans Program is open to veterans residing in Massachusetts, and mentoring roles are available to individuals working in the medtech industry. Participation is free.  Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2013, more details can be found  here or by contacting Beth Nicklas, MLSC General Counsel and Vice President for Academic & Workforce Programs, at


Rep. Carolyn Dykema represents the 8th Middlesex district, including the towns of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and precinct 2 in Westborough.