Pharmaceutical corporation Bayer and national nonprofit VETTED are partnering to debut a new job training program for veterans, with University of Washington-Tacoma among the first schools targeted for a launch.

Dubbed VETTED’s Veteran Accelerated Management Program (VAMP), the program will be sponsored by Bayer and will see its inaugural campaigns at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University starting next month.

Expansion plans for VAMP are already well under way, with University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to begin its first program in June. Three other schools, including UWT, are working on program dates for fall of this year.

The eight-week program, specifically designed for experienced military leaders, aims to provide a rigorous business curriculum to equip veterans with marketable skills for employment in the private sector. Participants will learn graduate-level concepts in business operations, strategy, commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship. Case studies, presentations, simulations, performance assessments and guest speakers ensure that veterans are well prepared for the challenges awaiting them in the corporate world.

“Hiring veterans is not only good business; it's the right thing to do,” said Raymond F. Kerins Jr., senior vice president of corporate affairs for Bayer. “Partnering with VETTED furthers our mission of advocating on behalf of veterans both inside and outside our company.”