As part of its new Tech for Heroes initiative aimed at helping veterans find gainful employment in the tech sector, DraftKings Inc is hosting a free cyber security training class in Boston this week for current and returning Bay State veterans and military spouses who have experience in IT, Networking or CCNA certifications. The free, 5-day class is being offered in partnership with VetsinTech and Palo Alto Networks, one of the leading companies in the cyber security industry.
“The core mission of our Tech for Heroes program is to give military veterans and their families the tools and training that will enable them to compete for positions in today’s civilian job market,” said Paul Liberman, co-founder and COO of DraftKings. “Now that we have successfully launched the program in three states, our goal moving forward is to not only grow the program by training as many veterans as possible, but also to expand our course offering to include specialized concentrations such as cybersecurity.”
This class is being offered as part of the company’s new Tech for Heroescorporate social responsibility initiative which was launched in June. Working with the national non-profit VetsinTech,Tech for Heroes has provided high-tech skills training to over 75 veterans and military spouses in three cities across the United States.
The first training class was a 10-week course in front-end web development held in Boston and DraftKings has launched additional classes in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. As part of this program, DraftKings’ employees are working with the veterans to grow their understanding of employment opportunities at high-tech companies and to further support the veteran graduates pursuing careers in tech. Efforts include resume development, career road mapping and skills translation as well as peer to peer networking.
Graduates who successfully complete the course this week will receive an Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE) endorsement.