Lydia Chavez-Garcia recognized for her work within the veteran community

June Board_0017Lydia Chavez-Garcia recently received the prestigious award of Honorary Colonel from the 75th Training Command for the her active involvement within the veteran community.

Chavez-Garcia serves as the grant director of the IT3 grant through the Continuing and Professional Development division at San Jacinto College. She manages training that provides technical certifications for those who need them, both unemployed and those looking for new opportunities.

According to Brigadier General Brentley White, Deputy Commanding General of the 75th Training Command, Chavez-Garcia’s “relentless focus has been on our veterans, of all services.”

“In the last year, about 375 veterans have gained valuable training, from Project Management Professional to IT certifications such as CCNA and CISSP, and that translates to better jobs and better lives,” said Brentley. “That alone warrants recognition, but Lydia does much more for our community.”

Chavez-Garcia is an active member of BAHEP Cares, a veteran mentorship organization. She also has reviewed hundreds of resumes and referred hundreds of veterans to people wanting to hire them. Companies where veterans have found jobs include NDT Global, Phillips Conoco, UTMB, and Catamaran Corp. Through her work, the grant program has been recognized by the Department of Labor in best practices for recruiting.

“As a member of the military family and community for more than 20 years, it has been awesome to establish and cultivate the relationships with all of the commands aboard Ellington Field as well as the veteran service organizations in our area,” said Chavez-Garcia. “My true passion lies in serving those who have served and their families. The military community is home to me one that I hope to always be a part of.”