‘I was keen to help:’ Veteran helps provide job training and more in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As we celebrated those who served last Friday on Veterans Day, a local center opened during the pandemic with the goal of helping veterans learn new job skills.
The hope is that the center will have an impact not only on the veterans, but on the whole community.
Inside the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District is the CVS Workforce Innovation Talent Center, which is run by veteran Sean Ware.
“The men in my family, they all went into the military,” Ware said. “Before I even entered the service, I had a heart to help. Joining the military just gave me these tools.”
Ware now uses these tools to help teach more than 11,000 people vocational training skills to work in fields such as retail, pharmacy, audio-visual production, culinary arts and digital literacy.
“Some of the military positions when you’re in the military don’t translate to anything in civilian life,” he explained. “So what we’re doing here is giving them a new set of skills so they can become productive citizens.”
Ware knows that helping veterans and other residents create better lives is the foundation of what he does, but he also sees his job as something even bigger.
“It’s great to do professional training, but I think the highlight of this position is the interaction with the community,” Ware said.
He wants residents and veterans to know that the center is there for more than just job skills.
“Just as we want to remove barriers to childcare, food assistance and transportation for this community, we also want to remove these barriers for military personnel,” he said. “Their set of obstacles may be different, but we are always here to help them overcome them.”
The current CVS Workforce Talent Center class is scheduled to graduate Dec. 2.
If you or a veteran you know would like to get involved, you can find out more at this link.