[Syracuse, NY] – The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) today announced it has received an inaugural $20,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, IVMF will support its STEM curriculum – science, technology, engineering and math – in its national career skills training program, Onward to Opportunity-Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O-VCTP). Offered at 10 military installations around the U.S. and also online, O2O-VCTP provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to the nearly 200,000 annually transitioning service members, members of the Reserves or National Guard, veterans, and military spouses.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations that support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.
“Support of our work through philanthropy and leading Foundations such as Motorola is critical to delivering career training to the nearly 200,000 service members that transition out of the service each year as well as their families,” said Dr. Mike Haynie, Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of the IVMF. “The IVMF looks forward to expanding our STEM curriculum offerings across the U.S. with this grant to assist our service members and veterans in their pursuit of employment in high-demand careers within that category such as IT, cyber security, programming and more.”
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.
“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the IVMF and Syracuse University. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation.
Institute for Veterans and Military Families
Stephanie Salanger, 315-443-5690
About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education, and policy issues impacting veterans and their families. Through its professional staff and experts, the IVMF delivers leading programs in career, vocational, and entrepreneurship education and training, while also conducting actionable research, policy analysis, and program evaluations. The IVMF also supports communities through collective impact efforts that enhance delivery and access to services and care. The Institute, supported by a distinguished advisory board, along with public and private partners, is committed to advancing the lives of those who have served in America’s armed forces and their families. For more information, visit ivmf.syracuse.edu and follow the IVMF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation.