GEICO launches military veterans IT development program

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 06, 2015 – The pathway to career success for military veterans often has its share of obstacles and uncertainty. To assist veterans interested in building a career in information technology (IT), GEICO is launching a Veteran's IT Professional Development program.

"Since our doors opened in 1936, GEICO has always had a strong relationship with the members of our armed forces personnel. So providing these men and women with real career opportunities is very important to us," said Greg Kalinsky, GEICO's senior vice president and CIO. "The Veterans IT Development program will help build their foundation in IT from the ground up through comprehensive training, mentoring and hands-on technical experience."

The Veteran's IT Professional Development program is a 12-month learning platform that brings veterans on as full-time GEICO associates. The program provides the skills and experience required to perform as an IT professional through a blend of classroom work and real-world experience.

Veterans participating will work in all areas of GEICO's IT department including: information services, systems operations and internet business divisions. Participants will also be assigned mentors and receive supplemental training depending on their project assignments.

The program is based at GEICO's corporate headquarters in Chevy Chase, Md. A college degree is not required nor is previous IT experience. GEICO will be recruiting military veterans for an additional class in the fall.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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