Veterans attend summit at Wake Tech to help with transition to civilian life

RALEIGH, N.C.(WNCN) – Veterans lined the halls of Wake Technical Community College’s main campus looking for their next career opportunity on Saturday.

Many veterans transitioning to civilian life attended the event at Wake Tech Saturday (Beairshelle Edmé/CBS North Carolina)
Many veterans transitioning to civilian life attended the event at Wake Tech Saturday (Beairshelle Edmé/CBS North Carolina)

The school hosted a veterans summit where employers from various industries spoke to the men and women about their transition to civilian life.

Several workshops, like career and presentation counseling, were offered.

Military members and their families even took part in salsa dancing lessons as part of the summit.

Veterans who spoke with CBS North Carolina said they’re equipped and ready to get into the workforce, like Abdul Turbuy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has more than 25 years of military experience.

His fellow veteran, Alejandro Beltran said it’s been a bit of a struggle trying to transition to civilian life.

“Studying and trying to get a part-time job, it’s been a little hard,” he said.

Beltran is hoping to transition to full-time work where he can utilize the skills he learned while an infantryman in the Marine Corps.

Saturday’s summit was part of the community college’s effort to connect veterans with employers and to further develop their skills.

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