ConnectEDU Chosen to Build the Online Talent Community for Hiring Our Heroes

New talent community will connect veterans and their families to meaningful employment opportunities and critical education pathways

Mar 21, 2013, 14:00 ET from ConnectEDU

BOSTON, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ConnectEDU, a worldwide leader in developing innovative, human capital development solutions, was selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to build the online Hiring Our Heroes Talent Community. The talent community provides a single online destination for military candidates to find jobs in high-demand employment regions and industries across the country, connect directly with employers, complete self assessments and identify critical career paths to designated occupations.

As part of the Hiring Our Heroes Fast Track program, the talent community provides tools for veterans and transitioning servicemembers to leverage the GI Bill to earn specific qualifications and credentials that map to meaningful career opportunities. By providing clear career pathways, veterans will be able to make informed decisions about education and employment opportunities.

"We're excited to partner with ConnectEDU as we enhance our Fast Track program and strive to better inform veterans and transitioning servicemembers about the cities and industries that are demonstrating job growth," said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. "Returning servicemen and women often make decisions of the heart when they leave the military and we need to help change that approach. Through the Hiring Our Heroes Talent Community, we are providing a valuable free resource to help them identify where the jobs are."

On March 25th, the talent community will go live with an initial focus on the media/entertainment industry, in conjunction with the Got Your 6 campaign. Participating employers include CBS, Creative Artists Agency, DreamWorks Animation, Fox, Imageworks, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company. This will be the first of 11 industry tracks.

ConnectEDU has also built and supported talent communities for regional chambers of commerce and Fortune 500 companies. Go to to learn more.

About Hiring Our Heroes (

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.  Since March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 400 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia; more than 18,400 veterans have been placed in jobs.

About ConnectEDU (

ConnectEDU is a privately held technology company, committed to preparing and transitioning 21st century learners on their pathways from school to college to career, helping them realize their potential, achieve a secure financial future, and ultimately connect to life's possibilities. ConnectEDU was created in 2002, by Craig Powell, an entrepreneur with a passion for ensuring that all students have access to the expertise and resources needed to realize and achieve their potential. Today, ConnectEDU serves more than 20 million registered learners, 5,000 educational institutions, and 130,000 employers throughout 40 countries; all engaging and supporting learners across their school-to-college-to-career pathway.