Blue Star Families was formed in April 2009 by a group of military spouses to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. Blue Star Families includes active duty, National Guard, Reserve, wounded, transitioning service members and their families from all ranks and services, as well as veterans and civilians who strongly support us.
Blue Star Careers provides a broad range of military spouse employment initiatives designed to support military family members throughout various points on their career path. From building a resume and networking that finds a great job, to mentorship and professional development that grows a lasting career, Blue Star Careers’ employment & education initiatives address and leverage the unique challenges of the military family lifestyle.
Some military spouses will soon begin testing another option for a portable career thanks to a pilot program that will offer free training to become a Salesforce administrator.
The initiative, called SpouseForce, provides Salesforce administrator training to military spouses; that training usually would cost $5,000. The pilot program will start small Feb. 8, with about a dozen military spouses in the San Diego area.
The next training is expected to start in May in the San Antonio area; others will be rolled out later. Salesforce is a customer relationship management platform that businesses and other organizations use to manage customer data and interaction, and access business information, as well as a variety of other applications.
The average salary for a Salesforce administrator is more than $80,000, and the growing field has room for upward mobility, according to Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of the nonprofit Blue Star Families, which is a partner in the SpouseForce initiative. She said there is a shortage of Salesforce administrators. Applications are being accepted for the San Diego area; visit www.bluestarfam.org/spouseforce. Roth-Douquet encourages spouses to apply even if they are not in San Diego, so that Blue Star Families officials can gauge the interest in this career field and keep spouses informed when opportunities for this training open up in the future.