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InfoComm International, United Veterans Learning Centers, Partner to Employ Veterans

LAS VEGAS, June 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InfoComm International, the trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry, and the United Veterans Learning Centers (UVLC) are pleased to announce the launch of a new education program focused on training veterans for jobs in the AV industry. In a thorough six-week program designed to enhance the capabilities possessed by many veterans, the trainees will be exposed to the employment possibilities of the AV industry, and will receive preparation for the CTS certification exam.

UVLC focuses on providing tangible opportunities for veteran employment within some of the nation's fastest growing and in-demand markets today through education and certification. Recently UVLC has been focused on identifying markets and developing training solutions to give veterans the credentials they need to be successful in the professional world, both government and private sector.

"Our program is addressing and advancing national missions for employment and economic stability," says Leonie Marie, Program Manager for UVLC. "Not only are we answering the call to provide opportunities for veterans in high-demand, fast-growing and sustainable career fields, we are also advancing federal and local missions to improve America's infrastructure, energy and technology industries. This initiative is aimed at creating an audiovisual army just waiting to be mobilized, propelling this industry to the next level."

This initiative showcases InfoComm International's dedication to training veterans for a career in the audiovisual industry. Earlier this week, InfoComm was one of a handful of groups identified by the American Legion, ANSI, and SOLID to provide certification and employment opportunities to veterans.

"The audiovisual industry needs more qualified personnel, and most veterans have received unsurpassed technical training," said Randal A. Lemke, Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "By teaming with the United Veterans Learning Centers, InfoComm is taking steps to address the tragic 13.3 percent unemployment rate amongst post 9/11 veterans, while securing valuable human resources for the audiovisual industry."

About United Veterans Learning Centers (UVLC)
UVLC is a new venture between The Veteran Enterprise Training and Services Group (VETS Group), a non-profit community based organization providing advocacy and programs to help military veterans find education and employment, and Metro Data Networks (MDN), a D.C. provider of telecommunications, building infrastructure and energy management services. The creation of UVLC was in response to the U.S. Veteran Employment Initiative which aims to lower veteran unemployment and ensure that service members leave the military career-ready through hiring tax credits, private sector commitments, and reforms that improve the way we prepare, train, and educate service members for life after the military. Veterans and their families served include many socioeconomically disadvantaged categories, including homeless vets, vets with service-connected disabilities, vets who are displaced workers, as well as vets with other barriers to employment who seek opportunities in sustainable careers. InfoComm joins Microsoft, Cisco and BPI among other UVLC certification training programs.

About the U.S. Veterans Employment Initiative
The U.S. Veterans Employment Initiative is an aggressive plan to put veterans back to work. Currently, over one million veterans are without a job and the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans has reached an astounding 13.3 percent. Over the next 5 years, over one million more service members are projected to leave the military. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that work is available, accessible and in demand for our veterans and that these service members leave the military with the proper training and preparation they need to transition back into the civilian workforce.

About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Asia and China. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.

SOURCE InfoComm International

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