As we have spent time in class, we have learned countless uses and functions that WordPress can successfully perform. WPTavern reports there is a charity teaching veterans valuable WordPress skills with the goal of finding gainful employment, either through contract work or working for a company.
“Happy Joe is a 501 c3 non-profit organization that helps U.S. veterans with entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. Training initiatives prepare veterans not only for a career in the web technology industry, but also provide the skills necessary to start their own businesses.”
Happy Joe regards WordPress as the “cornerstone” to helping veterans find meaningful (and gainful) employment in the web technology field. As a non-profit organization, 100% of the money that comes to the foundation goes directly to the veterans that Happy Joe is helping. Even companies like Automattic contribute to scholarship funds for the organization.
According to James Dalman, the man who started the Happy Joe organization, he is living proof that WordPress is a powerful tool that can be used as a reliable way to make a living.
Personally, WordPress has allowed me as a veteran to launch very successful businesses in the marketplace, in addition to helping other veterans do the same. I am not the most tech savvy person in the world, but WordPress has provided me with the ability to make a great living, doing work I love to do.
At this time, there are about a dozen veterans who are actively taking part in the Happy Joe organization and a half dozen companies committed to hiring veterans. As funding for scholarships continues to pour in, Happy Joe hopes to be adding many more veterans to the list of people that have learned a new trade in the WordPress community.