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“Hooah!” Converting Military Training To A Rewarding Civilian Career

Posted February 07, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

West Des Moines, IA—William Penn University College for Working Adults hosts a Career Summit Friday, March 1, 2013 for all area service members and military veterans seeking to convert hard-won military training and experience into a rewarding civilian career. To better assist the participants and employers, there will be assessment results, pre-screening and mock interviews available. The one-day event will be held at the West Des Moines campus of William Penn University College for Working Adults, 6000 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, IA.

Respected Iowa employers with national and international opportunities will partner for seminars, G.I. Bill benefits information and game-changing information throughout the day.  Those employers include DuPont Pioneer (Johnston, IA); Principal Financial Group® (Des Moines, IA) and Home Depot, among others. Seminars will be presented by The Results Group and IOTA.

Keynote speaker will be U.S. Army General Tommy Franks (Ret.), decorated four-star General.  Before his 2003 retirement, Franks was Commander of U.S. Central Command, overseeing the United States Armed Forces in the 25-country region, including the Middle East.  General Franks has received numerous awards highlighted with The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004, the highest honor for an American. Since his retirement, General Franks has traveled the world, speaking on leadership, character and the value of Democracy.  His autobiography, American Soldier, debuted as Number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in August 2004. He serves on many boards for U.S. businesses and non-profit organizations.  Currently, he is a Board of Trustees member for William Penn University.

Also featured speaker is Joe Crookham, President of Musco Lighting, Inc., an Iowa-based company with worldwide recognition. Crookham serves on many national organizations which create educational and economic opportunities.  Those include serving on the Board of Trustees at William Penn University and the U.S. National Parks Foundation, among others. He is widely recognized for Iowa and national economic development and many philanthropic contributions.

According to GI Jobs magazine, military skills are attractive to employers. Team-building, leadership and plan execution are intangibles of valuable job skills because they are difficult and expensive to teach.  From a corporate perspective, employers seek military applicants because of their varied backgrounds, commonality, leadership, team work and loyalty skills. William Penn University College for Working Adults encompasses all aspects of leadership in its core curriculum for its degree programs (Associate, Bachelor, Master).

William Penn University College for Working Adults is again named one of the nation’s top “Military-Friendly Schools,” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

To register for the event, visit <;> or contact Aubrey Leisinger at 515-422-6173 or <;> .

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