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Amazon expands apprenticeship program for veterans in D.C. area

Amazon expands apprenticeship program for veterans in D.C. area (Cheryl Conner/ABC7)

He went around the world as an officer in the Army.

Now, he’s around a desk fulling his passion at the keyboard.

“I’ll be providing solutions to government customers,” said Terry Dickerson, who is an apprentice for Amazon.

Dickerson, a former Army officer, is one of seven veterans locally who is part of an apprenticeship at Amazon Web Services in Herndon.

On Thursday, Amazon announced the program now includes the DC area.

“They come from an environment where it’s important for people to trust each other and challenge each other, they roll up their sleeves and solve problems,” said Ardine Williams, Vice President of Worldwide Operations.

The vets finished four months in a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College.

Now, they will work for one year on cloud computing, to help Amazon clients with Internet Technology.

“I’m getting a little bit more in-depth training. And if there’s a solution that they can’t solve, then they will bring someone in from my team to help build it out for them,” said Dickerson.

The building in Herndon doesn’t look like the fulfillment center where you see packages moving through but Amazon has several corporate offices in the DC area, with more than 2,500 employees.

Dickerson will be supporting Amazon’s mission to help businesses behind them grow.

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was at the announcement. She says veterans are a great fit.

“What our military know better than anyone else is you always have to adapt to situations, no matter what you plan for,” said Comstock.

It is part of the commitment Amazon made to hire 25,000 vets and military spouses by 2021.

“You can chase your passion because they have it here,” said Dickerson.

If you want to learn more about the jobs for the military, go to amazon.com/military.

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