Our returning veterans face countless uncertainties. Many of these young men and women are coming home to find limited opportunities and that life back home is a struggle. With so many returning, there is real concern about where all of these heroes will find work. We need to ensure that veterans come home to a country whose gratitude is reflected in opportunity and that access to a bright future is available to these dedicated, patriotic young men and women. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Technology Program at MediSend provides such opportunity.
- The unemployment rate for veterans far exceeds the national average.
- As many as 250,000 recent veterans are searching for jobs across the country, and more are expected to join them as the U.S. scales back its military presence in the Middle East.
- Employment of biomedical equipment technicians is projected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the number of job openings in the biomedical equipment repair field is expected to outnumber qualified applicants.
- Traditional training channels (universities, colleges) average 24-30 months for completion of training – The Myers program will train veterans for entry into the job market in five months.
The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Technology Program will be powered by MediSend’s unique Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) curriculum and core expertise and addresses two key challenges – improving viable job opportunities for our veterans, and ensuring that the U.S. healthcare system will have the skilled technicians needed to deliver safe and reliable care. The MediSend BMET curriculum is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the United States Certification Commission. The program will commence in January 2013.