Program Profile: VECTA - Providing Employment Services for All Veterans in LA
By: Gisele Corletto, Project Specialist with the USC Military and Veterans Programs (MVP)
Who VECTA serves:
The Veteran Career & Employment Transition Alliance (VECTA) provides services to anyone living in Los Angeles who has ever served in the U.S. Military regardless of the length of service, gender, combat history, active status or discharge status.
VECTA identifies the unique employment challenges that veterans face upon transitioning out of the military, and has created a collaborative system to address these challenges. Using the collective impact framework, VECTA has established a formal partnership between seven key veteran employment service organizations:
- Salvation Army Haven
- U.S. Vets
- Community Career Development
- P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless)
- Goodwill Southern California
- J.V.S. Southern California (Jewish Vocational Services of LA)
- University of Southern California Military and Veteran’s Program (USC MVP).
The VECTA partner organizations all provide employment services to veterans in Los Angeles with the exception of USC MVP, who serves as the administrative lead for the program. The administrative support for the program includes facilitation of collaboration, providing technology and communications support, data collection, reporting and handling of logistical details needed for the daily coordination of the program.
Technology that Connects and Coordinates Care:
VECTA uses a technology system developed and maintained by 211 LA especially to facilitate and track collaborative care, when multiple organizations are providing an individual or family with different services. 211 LA’s CareLinQ software allows for a coordinated referral system across all seven agencies, while tapping into the power of the 211 LA Community Resource Database for providing referrals from approximately 50,000 curated and updated service listings. The CareLinQ tool enables VECTA to facilitate inter-agency case management, data sharing, and reduce duplication of services by veteran service organizations. This model also has the potential to be used to address veterans’ other critical needs, such as housing and health services.
Services provided by the partner organizations:
- Employment counseling and recruiting
- Providing on-line interactive employment counseling and recruitment services
- Referrals in the field of employment opportunities for veterans living in Los Angeles in need of basic needs, housing, behavioral health services and additional services
- Providing online referrals in the field of employment opportunities for veterans living in Los Angeles in need of basic needs, housing, behavioral health services and additional services
- Employment hiring, recruiting, placement, staffing, and career networking services
- Providing employment counseling information on how to successfully transition jobs
- Providing employment information
- Providing networking opportunities for individuals seeking employment
- Providing an online searchable database featuring employment opportunities
- Providing online databases featuring information relating to employers and employees and places of employment
People interested in services can join VECTA by walking into any of the partner service organizations (see partner listings, above, for locations and hours).