Jose Velazquez

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Jose Velazquez is responsible for operations and the personnel in six regions of the Office of Apprenticeship, which leads the Department of Labor’s efforts to increase the number and widen the occupational coverage of U.S. apprenticeships. 

During his 28 years of active duty, Jose split his service between two ratings, Lithographer and Navy Counselor. While assigned as the senior Navy Counselor, he was part of the initial working group for Transition Goals, Plans, Success. During his final tour he developed and implemented the Virtual Education Center, created the Wounded Warrior Education Counseling Program at Naval Hospitals Balboa and Portsmouth, and was the Program Manager for the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP).

His civilian federal career has taken him through positions with the Department of the Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security.  He has worked as an Education Specialist, Program Analyst and an Instructional Systems Specialist. 

Jose has earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of the State of New York (Regents), a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland University College, a Master’s Degree from Troy University, and an Education Specialist Degree with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University. He was a part-time instructor for Empire State College in their Advanced Certificate for Veteran Services program.


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