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Charter Expands Broadband Technician Program for Veterans

Apprenticeship/training effort now in place across 41-state footprint 5/31/2017 1:18 PM Eastern

Charter said it is expanding its five-state Broadband Technician Apprenticeship Program to its entire 41-state footprint.

The program, designed to employ veterans, includes both physical and digital classroom training, as well as on-the-job training with veterans able to get GI Bill benefits as well as a paycheck while training.

"Our commitment to an outstanding customer experience requires a devotion to craftsmanship among our employees," said Charter president John Bickham. "The veterans who work at Charter are best-in-class when it comes to so many of the key attributes of craftsmanship: punctuality, attention to detail, resourcefulness and communication."

Currently 1,000 Charter employees are enrolled in the program in five states, including Kansas City, Mo.

Missouri governor Eric Greitens, himself a former Navy Seal, planned to be on hand for the expansion announcement in St. Louis Wednesday (May 31).

The ramped up training program comes as Charter also plans to hire 20,000 employees over four years as it repatriates Time Warner Cable call center jobs.

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