Larry Jones of Frisco has been job searching for more than six months since he was laid off.
Recently, the Marine Corps veteran was passed up on an entry-level information technology job because of lack of training.
“I actually had a job opportunity, but I didn’t get it because I didn’t have this training,” he said.
He hopes a new initiative for veterans at Collin College will change his luck.
Jones, 60, is one of 13 veterans currently enrolled in a new, free veterans training program through the Collin College Center for Workforce and Economic Development.
Through August, the center is hosting two training programs — one focused on manufacturing and the other on information technology. The IT class began Feb. 16, and the other is scheduled to begin Monday.
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