Cleveland nonprofit MAGNET will work with companies to find jobs for veterans when they come home

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Cleveland nonprofit MAGNET will work with companies to find jobs for veterans when they come home

Plain Dealer – While in the army, a U.S. soldier can be a whiz at repairing missile systems, but upon returning home, there might not be a job where that skill can be used.

Now, an effort is being made to change that as a local nonprofit is teaming with the state to help returning veterans find jobs.

MAGNET, a nonprofit company that works with Northeast Ohio manufacturers, announced Thursday the start of a pilot program designed to identify the skills of vets, offer them additional training if needed, and put them in touch with local companies.

MAGNET is working with the Veteran’s Services group of the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services using a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

Mary Ann Pacelli, MAGNET project manager, said they will start with 100 veterans.

“In the next 10-12 months we will refer them for jobs or train them if necessary,” she said. “We expect to get jobs for at least 20 of them, but we hope the number will be much higher.”

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