Veteran Skills Translation

In an economy with low unemployment and persistent skills gaps, employers are continually looking for an expanded talent pool to fill critical positions.

Veterans are a source of tremendous talent and loyalty, but are often underutilized due to a communication gap between Military Occupational Codes (MOCs) and civilian workforce language.

Learn how to effectively translate military language to civilian skills, transition veterans into successful and meaningful employment and utilize tools to help both business and veteran job seeker customers in making a successful career match.

Presenters from the Talent Investment Agency’s Veterans’ Employment Services Division and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency will lead this interactive session, complete with success stories from the business community.

Key takeaways:
  • Obtain a better understanding of the crosswalk from MOCs to civilian skills
  • Discover military skills translation tools to aid employers, job seekers and staff that serve both
  • Create great job descriptions that actively and effectively recruit veterans
  • Explore effective veteran hiring and onboarding methods

Who Should Attend:
  • Michigan Works! Business Services and Employment Services staff
  • Employers seeking veteran talent
  • Workforce leaders and partners
  • Veterans’ services organizations and staff

Date / Time

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 AM
Training: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Capital Area Michigan Works!
Big Three Rooms
2110 South Cedar St.
Lansing, MI 48910


$40 members; $50 non-members


Presented by:

David Dunckel, Acting Strategy Director and Senior Analyst, Employment, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Dunckel served in the US Navy and the Army National Guard before retiring from the US Army active duty in 2014. Prior to joining the MVAA, Dunckel worked with Roush Industries as their Veterans Initiatives Program Manager, which was named as the Disabled American Veterans Large Employer of the Year in 2015. Dunckel holds an Associate Degree from Lansing Community College and is a graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.


Rebecca Flemming, Regional Manager, Veterans’ Employment Services, Talent Investment Agency – Workforce Development, State of Michigan

Flemming began her career in the United State Marine Corps before serving in the United States Army National Guard. A Wayne State University graduate (BA, Public Relations), she also holds an MBA (HR Management) from University of Phoenix and completed her Ed.S. (Adult Education) at Walden University as an online student. Rebecca has extensive work experience in a variety of nonprofit settings, including  Director of Program Operations at the Partnership for Community Action, Inc. in Clarkston, Georgia.