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Accenture Grants Merivis Funding for Veteran Workforce Training with Salesforce Platform; Kate Perez, George Franz Quoted

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Accenture and Accenture Federal Services (AFS) have awarded Merivis, a veterans service nonprofit,  a $100,000 grant to provide Salesforce training programs for technology skills to enable military veterans to transition to the civilian workforce, the company reported on Tuesday.

“The training will equip veterans with critical skills to help them transition into in-demand technology jobs,” said Kate Perez, co-founder and executive director of Merivis. "This new grant supports our efforts to address rising unemployment and its impact on the veteran community by providing financial support to help us expand to San Antonio and continue our training programs.

Accenture’s grant will expand Merivis’ to expand its training and support approximately 75 veterans in the five-week Merivis Salesforce training program. The program will prepare veterans to become certified Salesforce administrators. 

Merivis’ training program will integrate Salesforce’s online learning platform with custom assignments for each student and includes one-on-one coaching, webinars and professional development skills training. Veterans selected for the program will be assigned mentors, professional development services and assistance with job placement. 

The Merivis training will teach veterans how to automate workflows and maintain an organization’s Salesforce integration. Merivis will also offer a more-advanced administrator training. 

In addition, Accenture will also provide pro bono advisory and technology support to enhance program outreach and build out capabilities to help Merivis create a more robust virtual community for veterans and engage the wider veteran community.

Army MG George Franz, AFS managing director and defense cybersecurity lead, said, “This technical training gives veterans even more marketable skills so they can deliver an even greater contribution to companies, like Accenture, that are looking to fill key positions. In fact, Accenture is on pace to reach a goal set in 2015 of hiring 5,000 veterans by the end of 2020.”

About Accenture Federal Services

Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture’s federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.