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Sean has transitioned to a job he loves.

Sean McMillen has taken an unorthodox path in the professional world, with stopovers as a soldier in the U.S. Army, an egg inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and an independent nursery owner. Now – thanks to support from a disabled veterans assistance program – he’s enjoying his most satisfying career yet, working as a grain inspector for a company in Oregon.

A self-described city kid, Sean discovered a passion for gardening in his early twenties when a friend gave him an orchid. After a stint in the Army, Sean decided to open his own farm and nursery outside of Portland, Oregon, where he still lives.

Unfortunately, when business took a downturn, Sean had to close his nursery and seek a new career path. By his estimate, he was about six months away from homelessness, with no viable job prospects in sight. He also suffered from the effects of a back injury he incurred during an Army exercise.

That’s when he reached out to a program in Portland, supported by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, that helps disabled veterans reintegrate into the civilian workforce. He credits the staff with helping him tighten up his resume, navigate the job search process, and, perhaps most importantly, “get motivated again.”

Within a few months, a large company that was opening its first office in his area offered Sean a position as a certified grain inspector, and he accepted. On any given day at his new job, he travels around the Pacific Northwest to collect samples for certification from a grain silo in Yakima, Washington, or even a tanker in Seattle Harbor with a load of wheat bound for international markets. 

He regularly refers other veterans to the program that helped him get back on his feet. “I don’t think a lot of people know these programs are out there,” Sean said.

Veterans can visit veterans.gov or call 1-877-872-5627 to learn about the employment services available near them, including one-on-one assistance at an American Job Center.

Leo Kay is the regional public affairs director for the Labor Department in San Francisco.

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Santa Paula HS veteran interview project – Iraq and Afghan vets on May 19th in Santa Paula, CA

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As part of the Health & Human Services academy at Santa Paula High School, my World History sophomores create yearly exhibit that is displayed in the Santa Paula Oil Museum. This years topic is the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. Each student has a different topic relating to these conflicts (history of it, the soldiers themselves, women serving, etc…) they will be researching and an aspect of the project requires that they interview a veteran of these wars as it relates to their personal topic. The interview itself would be fairly brief, perhaps 10-20 minutes depending on how in depth the individual would want to go into regarding the questions. The students would also need pictures of the interviewee if possible to post as part of their exhibit.

The exhibit is set to open May 19th, so we have another 2 months, but I would like my students to have completed the interviews by mid-April, so they have time to write it up, and complete their project. 

Thank you,

Matthew Buck
Social Science Teacher/ Link Crew Coordinator
Senior Class Advisor
Santa Paula High School
(805) 525-4400 ext. 9256

mbuck@santapaulaunified.org
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VETERAN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIANS

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VETERAN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIANS

VETERAN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIANS  –  ARE YOU INTERESTED IN EARNING UPWARDS OF $ 20K/MONTH?
WANTED: RADIO/ELECTRONICS OFFICERS TO WORK ON SHIPS IN THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE.
EXCELLENT PAY, BENEFITS AND PENSION.
HOW DOES SIX MONTHS OF VACATION EACH YEAR SOUND?

VETERAN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIANS
REQUIRED:  a career background in marine electronics.
In general, we are looking for 10+ years of EXPERIENCE in marine electronics that is directly relevant to ships.
A specific knowledge of radar M&R is preferred, as well as a broad-based knowledge of the installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of communications, navigation and control systems.

BEFORE any applicant can be placed on a ship, they MUST have the following:
!) FCC GMDSS Operator/Maintainer License, with radar endorsement.
In addition to this license, an applicant must also have a certificate from a USCG-approved, 70-hour GMDSS Operator course.
2) Possess a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC) and a U.S. passport.

For those candidates that are in possession of the above credentials in GMDSS, electronics and seamanship, certifiable knowledge in the following areas also will be highly regarded:
1) I.T. skills, which include a proficiency in MS applications and hands-on technical knowledge of LAN management, cabling and database management.
2) Microsoft, Comptia, NMEA, and/or ET-A certifications.
3) Knowledge of government and/or U.S. Navy high-side communications procedures and equipment.
4) Possession of an ETO endorsement in your MMC.
5) Verifiable work experience with automation, instrumentation, sensor systems, motors, motor controllers, high voltage systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechatronix and/or engine room operations.

NOTE:  The position of Radio/Electronics Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine is a SENIOR technical position and all candidates MUST be capable of working independently.
Will to be deploying on U.S. merchant ships for extended periods (i.e. months)

MILITARY Technicians:
ET? FT IC? IT? OS? ELC? This is an excellent job opportunity for ex-military technicians, especially USN/USCG retirees.

NON-MILITARY Technicians:
Although there is no “one” background for a Radio/Electronics Officer in today’s Merchant Marine, some form of marine experience is highly desirable, be it off-shore, shore-support, or even just a broad-based knowledge of  marine electronics equipment.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Although the historical role of the Radio/Electronics Officer in the Merchant was grounded in Morse code and basic electronics repair, in a highly technical and evolving environment, the American Radio Association is working to build the Radio/Electronics Officer of the Twenty-First Century.
Anyone wishing to become a part of this diverse, exciting and lucrative profession must possess the aforementioned skills, licenses and qualifications.

If you would like further information, please inquire at the following address:
Emailbasel@araunion.org

Alternatively, you can also ‘connect’ to “Barry Basel” on Linked-in and find a detailed description of the job and several recently published articles.

VETERAN ELECTRONICS TECHNICIANS 

Barry Basel
Master Radio/Electronics Officer
American Radio Association
U.S. Merchant Marine

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