FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2016
Washington, DC –Blue Star Families (BSF) was recognized by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as one of more than 50 companies that have pledged to hire and train veterans and military spouses during the fifth anniversary celebration of their Joining Forces initiative at the White House today.
Earlier this year, BSF and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, announced a partnership to provide Salesforce Administrator training to 100 military spouses and caregivers through the Blue Star SpouseForce program. This was made possible through the support of the Walmart Foundation.
Blue Star SpouseForce provides military spouses with the training and mentorship needed to successfully enter the technology industry. The 8-week training provides participants with the knowledge and tools to prepare for the Salesforce Certified Administrator exam. At completion of the training, SpouseForce participants will be connected to hands-on experience and professional development opportunities in their community.
Other key partners include Bluewolf, a SalesForce Global Strategic Partner, whose team members facilitates the training and provides guidance to the participants. SalesForce Academic Alliance, also has played a role in Blue SpouseForce. With the Salesforce Academic Alliance SpouseForce participants have access to Salesforce material and a connection to the greater Salesforce community.
This effort aims to give military spouses the benefits of flexible careers in technology that are rewarding, well compensated, and contribute toward the 21st century workforce and economy. BSF’s 2015 Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) found that female military spouses experience unemployment at nearly three times the rate of their civilian counterparts despite also demonstrating greater educational and professional experience than the general population.
SpouseForce addresses this gap and reduces the unemployment and underemployment rate among military spouses who participate in the training program and increases the percentage of military spouses in the program paid at or above the average salary level for their position and level of education, ultimately ensuring financial security for military communities and families.
SpouseForce takes the next logical step to pioneer an effort to solve two pressing social issues: the underemployment of military spouses and the underrepresentation of women in the technology industry. Salesforce leads train-to-hire technology cohorts, equipping military spouses with a career path that is often highly portable and affording them an opportunity to build their career despite the challenges presented by the military lifestyle. Given the technology industry’s recent pledge to hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses, this Blue Star Families initiative leads the charge with an attentive market that is eager to embark on a meaningful career path. For more information, visit bluestarfamilies.org/spouseforce.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members annually. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.