Match Foundation Business Executive Summary 12012008

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Match Foundation Business Executive Summary 12012008

  1. 1. MATCH Foundation Military Alumni Transition Career Headquarters MATCH is a world-class military alumni association specializing in the career acceleration of transitioning service disabled veterans Qualifying, training, and connecting service-disabled, recently- separated veterans with accelerated, high-value career opportunities among America’s emerging industries Strategies for Service Disabled to Six Figures Dr. David M. Paschane, CEO Founding Sponsor: Claros Communications, Inc. MATCH Foundation, 501(c)3 Los Angeles, CA 90024 202-256-5763
  2. 2. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved MATCH COMMITMENT The Military Alumni Transition Career Headquarters (MATCH) is a world-class career transition service for those who are leaving the military to access civilian employers. We enable rapid and sustained career readiness through workforce development partnerships with academic and corporate organizations. We work with government and private organizations to ensure a coordinated and technologically-enabled restoration process for those military alumni/veterans who are injured and/or disabled. Our operations are designed by military alumni to ensure convenient and comprehensive experiences. Our services are evaluated and reported continuously to ensure that are veteran customers, corporate partners, and government sponsors are aware of our performance, results, and commitment to success. MATCH is committed to the career success of men and women who dedicated themselves to military service, and will bear the costs of that service for the rest of their lives. BUSINESS ADVANTAGES OF MATCH PARTNERSHIP 1. Competitive access to candidates with best-in-class commitments to operational engagement. Recently separated veterans are prepared for persistent engagements. 2. Reduced recruitment costs through customized, cooperative targeting of workforce. MATCH aligns corporate workforce strategy to timing of military separations. 3. Reduced training costs and improved access to just-in-time, responsibility-specific curriculum. MATCH streamlines strategic use of education benefits. 4. Reduced healthcare and life insurance costs through alternative sources. Disabled veterans qualify for these services and benefits through the Federal Government. 5. Competitive access to candidates with significant technology familiarity, and access to subsidized technology-enabling work tools. Disabled veterans qualify for technologies that enable their work performance. 6. Reduced business risk through transferring responsibilities to skilled leaders with a demonstrated life commitment to personal integrity, maximum performance, and team success. Page 2
  3. 3. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved 7. Enhanced customer perception of the corporation through MATCH branded recognitions of corporate commitment to a workforce highly regarded by the public. 8. Enhanced credibility with Federal and State governments who prefer contracting with corporations who hire service-disabled veterans, are owned by service-disabled veterans, or team with companies owned by service disabled veterans. CORE SERVICES OF MATCH 1. Assist disabled veterans in the strategic alignment of education and training benefits to career and business opportunities. 2. Assist businesses and governments in their development of a high- performing, low-cost disabled veteran workforce. 3. Assist technologists in the testing and promotion of career-enabling solutions for disabled veteran workers. 4. Assist volunteers in transferring valuable career and business skills to service disabled veterans through customized coaching. 5. Assist the public in recognizing the competitive attributes in service disabled veterans; including work ethic, leadership, discipline, team orientation, integrity, problem-solving proficiency, operational awareness, material protection, and mission dedication. INTRODUCTION Many separating veterans waste time and resources struggling to find a quality career path. The repeated, ineffective efforts undermine their confidence, exacerbate anxieties with adjustment, and diminish their ability to apply the skills and focus they refined during military service. Recent studies demonstrate that compared to their peers (demographics and qualifications) the 130,000 who separate each year tend to have lower incomes and are unable to successfully use the education benefits they earned in the military.1 1 Congress requested a comprehensive employment outcomes study from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (PL 108-454, sec 211). An independent, contracted research firm, Abt & Associates Page 3
  4. 4. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved The model for successful career services is the alumni associations of prestigious academic institutions. These alumni associations are successful because they qualify and coach candidates while aligning high-value training with corporations’ workforce development goals. Successful transition from military service to a civilian career requires an explicit outcome goal, framed by a process that accurately represents the complexity of the experiences of disabled veterans. The figure below illustrates that the restoration process is a combination of rehabilitation, stabilization, and preparation, if the expected outcome is career readiness. Any deficiencies in this process will undermine restoration of the disabled veteran. Restoration and Explicit End States The overnight transition from combat readiness to career readiness is overwhelming. Changes to his or her family, work, and community, as well as mind and body, further complicate the transition. A rapid and comprehensive career readiness solution is required, and should be expected by all Americans. provided their report and it was briefed to the Secretary’s agent on Veterans’ Day, 2007. The agent required the firm to redo the study. The second report is posted online: www1.va.gov/vetdata/docs/ Page 4 Results of not enabling successful career readiness: 1. Wasted time, effort, and resources 2. Diminished personal strengths 3. Exacerbated anxieties 4. Under-motivated rehabilitation efforts 5. Dire perceptions and choices
  5. 5. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved MATCH SOLUTION The MATCH solution places each veteran in the middle of a sophisticated career transition network. The three major channels in the network are the Corporate Employer, Academic Trainer, and the Community Coach. The preparation and engagement are accelerated through on-line tools and career enhancing technologies. Our solution enables rapid and sustained career readiness that completes the restoration process. There are six operational components to the MATCH solution. These components ensure that MATCH can maximize the value to both disabled veterans and the corporations with a commitment to this workforce. 1. CONFER with businesses about their workforce development commitments and characterize the associated skill sets required. 2. CERTIFY veterans’ past and new qualifications through accelerated, technology-enabled2 training programs, supported by academic institutions streamlining training to fit employer requirements, with enabling technologies. 3. COACH the veterans to be successful candidates through the partnership with industry representatives selected by the veteran. 4. CONCENTRATE the veteran’s attention through a customized training, Competitive Business Engagement, which addresses psychological and professional management processes. 5. CONNECT the veteran to hiring managers with access to the high-quality careers, and to entrepreneurs aligning franchising and contracting opportunities. 2 MATCH encourages the use of on-line courses that work with artificial intelligence / natural language tutors that sustain the learning process, accommodate rehabilitation needs, and minimize the impact on career seeking engagements. Page 5
  6. 6. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved 6. CONFIRM the performance and outcome of the career connections, so as to identify process performance and strategy gaps. MATCH PARTNERS MATCH Foundation is aligning strategic partnerships with organizations that share in its vision and commitment. • Commission on the Future of America’s Veterans 3 • American Association of People with Disabilities 4 • National Governor’s Association • America’s Health Insurance Plans • VetJobs.com (U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars) • U.S. Department of Defense • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs • U.S. Department of Labor • U.S. Department of Education MATCH considers all Americans potential partners in its mission. The social benefits of MATCH include (a) increasing the opportunity for civilians to assist disabled veterans, (b) reducing the costly burden of unemployment payments to non-working veterans, (c) increasing military recruitment where citizens see positive post-military careers, (d) reducing the future tax burden of expensive mitigating programs designed to fix failed restoration problems, and (e) strengthening the economy by infusing it with a hardworking and ethical workforce. 3 The Commission on the Future of American Veterans has a broad policy agenda, and can benefit from MATCH contributing to its employability policies. The Commission is aware of the emerging challenges that exist in contemporary, Fourth Generation Warfare, where servicemembers face enemies that operate within a global arena, are associated with authorities that are difficult to delineate politically, and are entrenched in culturally divergent groups. 4 The American Association of People with Disabilities leads best practices in disability policy. MATCH can provide demonstrations into the strategies that enable employability among disabled persons, including methods of (a) augmenting individual capacity for work, (b) emphasizing functional enhancement over disability limitations, and (c) improving adaptation to disabilities through work. Page 6
  7. 7. © MATCH Foundation, 2006 – All Rights Reserved FUNDING RESOURCES The MATCH Board of Directors will identify strategic funding through grants, donors, corporate sponsorships, workforce placement fees, and technology partnerships. Fund-sharing is possible through education5 benefits paid to partnering academic institutions, vocational rehabilitation benefits6 , and career counseling services7 . As a key resource in the fulfillment of national restoration goals, Congress may designate and assign resources to MATCH as a Center of Excellence. 5 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) distributes education funds earned under the GI Bill program. The funds can be used in an accelerated rate if the program qualifies as a technology field. 6 The VA operates the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program, which provides qualified individuals, usually with a 20% or higher disability rating, funding for most training, with a stipend and equipment (e.g., computer), after completing an approved career training plan through one of their counselors or a contracted counselor. 7 The VA operates a career counseling service that is available to any servicemember up to six months before separation. The program has a ceiling that Congress can raise. The program is also using vendors that provide a one-time limited service, in contrast to the lifetime, comprehensive MATCH solution. Page 7

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