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Vets train for business at PCC Conference

Vets seeking jobs and starting businesses
Posted at 7:07 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 22:07:39-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Veterans looking for a new career outside of the service came to Pima Community College's West Campus Friday.

PCC's Small Business Development Center held an event to help vets connect with jobs, or build new businesses.

So many people spend a life in the military, get out of the service and they wonder, 'What next?' The conference at Pima Community College is designed to help them answer that question.
The 8th Annual Veterans Conference is designed to help veterans apply their military skills and strong work habits to civilian jobs, or to a business they may start for themselves.
 PCC's Small Business Development Center pulled the conference together.

Center director Ellen Kirton says,  "What I'm hearing most of all is when they got out of the service, they left a family.  They just adopt a new family.  The company they work for or the company they start.”
Veterans coming there are trying to match dreams with the resources to make them come true.

Jon Delgado is an Air Force Veteran: “I'm actually trying to start a homeless shelter.  I'm trying to get a little bit of support to try to start a homeless shelter to not only do Tucson but to grow into all of Arizona."
Rick Curry is a Navy veteran hoping to hire other vets for JMAC, his electrician business.

Reporter Craig Smith asked: “Why do you find veterans are a good hire?” 

Curry: “Very disciplined.  Good work ethics.  Always on time, which is great and plus their manner is respectful to our clients and customers.">
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild likes the idea of veterans using their talents to build this area.

"My goal is for you to stay in Tucson; for you to have a successful business here because that's a big part of what makes our community successful.