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Pathway for Veterans into the Biotech Industry
Date:5/9/2017

Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco-based veteran service agency, has launched an employment initiative program to place veterans in careers within the emerging field of biotech.

Employment partnerships play an essential role in Swords to Plowshares' ability to increase employment opportunities for veterans. Through the program, Swords to Plowshares is working with Genentech and Genomic Health to provide veterans with a pathway of employment for careers in the growing field of biotech. The Swords to Plowshares Employment & Training team provides job brokering services to include: outreach and recruitment, screening and matching all qualified candidates with positions that best fit a veteran’s aptitude, experience, and geographic proximity to work, and assist with on-boarding services. These services streamline the process of hiring and provide employers with high quality veteran talent in their workforce.

“The Genentech Foundation is committed to supporting sustainable career pathways in biotech for the underserved. We are pleased to be working with leading veteran service agency, Swords to Plowshares, to increase employment opportunities for veterans in the biotech sector,” said Lakshmi Karan, executive director of the Genentech Foundation.

“Genomic Health Inc is proud to partner with Swords to Plowshares and the Genentech Foundation on the Veterans Biotech Hiring Initiative. Genomic Health values the service of our veterans and we want to ensure access to this group of talented individuals.” Kim McEachron, Chief People Officer at Genomic Health Inc.

Veterans will be hired to fill positions as Lab Service Technicians and Sample Accession Technicians. “These positions are intended to be stepping stones, with the ability to gain experience and move into other roles with greater responsibility within the field of biotech,” said Erica Trejo, Swords to Plowshares Employment and Training Director. “We are proud to partner with impactful community employers who recognize the benefits of hiring veterans for their workforce.”

About Swords to Plowshares:
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides case management, mental health assessment and referral, rapid re-housing and eviction prevention services, employment and training, supportive housing, and legal benefits assistance for low-income, homeless and at-risk veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. Swords to Plowshares promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities. Learn more about the work of Swords to Plowshares, and ways in which you can help, by visiting our website at http://www.stp-sf.org.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/veterans/pathway-into-biotech/prweb14315321.htm.


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