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Free class helps veterans advance into tech careers

Posted at 11:54 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 02:54:55-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Just in time for Veteran's Day, DraftKings and VetsinTech debut their Tech for Heroes Program in Las Vegas.

The program offers 10 free classes to veterans and their spouses on web design, coding, programming and more.

"I'm actually hoping to get into cybersecurity," Bill Courter, a United States Air Force veteran, said. He was part of the bomb squad.

"This is different. It's technical, but it's different technical," Courter said.

Courter says when he left the Air Force 14 years ago, it was hard to find a job. He enrolled in this class to find more success.

"Understanding web design is a big help, so learning this is kind of my goal." Courter said.

That is one of many things instructor Gregory Vacca hopes the veterans will be able to take away from the courses. He says he started volunteering for the organization a year ago.

"My grandpa was in the service and i just wanted to with my skills give back to the people who really help this country," said Vacca.

Vacca says the camaraderie between the veterans is the best part of the class.

"They all band together and they all really want to help each other because they all just want to succeed together," Vacca said.

Tech for Heroes has trained hundreds of veterans nationwide with 92% gaining new employment as a result of the classes.

Click here for more information on the program.