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Exploring Untapped Labor Pools: Recruiting Veterans for Manufacturing Career

August 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Who Should Attend

Manufacturing businesses with workforce shortages.

Are you a manufacturer struggling to find skilled workers to fill your open positions? Look no further than veterans. These highly trained individuals possess unique skills and qualities that make them ideal candidates for careers in manufacturing. Recruiting veterans for manufacturing careers is a win-win situation. They bring a wealth of experience, discipline, and technical skills that can significantly benefit the industry.

During this session, you will learn how manufacturers in North Carolina can utilize former military personnel as a solution to workforce needs. The discussion will focus on how to identify and recruit separating military personnel and how to effectively transition them to manufacturing jobs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Benefits of Hiring Veterans
  • Military Workforce Basics
  • Military Workforce Impediments
  • Veterans Transition Programs
  • Develop an Understanding of Military Occupational Specialties


Michael MullinsMichael Mullins
Director of Defense Industry Initiatives andMilitary Segment Regional Manager, NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions
Email: michael_r_mullins@ncsu.edu | Phone: 919.515.5735

Michael Mullins is the Director of Defense Industry Initiatives and the Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) military segment regional manager, serving state-wide military clients. Michael is a former Marine and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at Fort Bragg. He has extensive experience executing and managing Department of Defense training contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. During the execution of these training programs, Michael worked closely with the Department of State, various foreign ministries, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

MichaelĀ  served as an assistant professor of military science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University. Michael has a comprehensive understanding of the processes and procedures North Carolina businesses face in the acquisition and execution of U.S. government contracts. In Fayetteville, he served as an international program manager with General Dynamics Information Technology, an international project manager with American Systems Corporation and an operations officer with a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB).

Michael has a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in international relations. He is also a U.S. Army Command and General Staff College graduate.


August 8
10:00 am - 11:00 am


NC State Univeristy Industry Expansion Solutions


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