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10/2/2018 Member News
Fort Knox Career Skills Program/Where Opportunity Knox Graduates Third 2018 Cohort from Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – September 25, 2018 — Fort Knox Career Skills Program and Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and careers, announced today that its third 2018 cohort and seventh cohort overall of an 8-week Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program will graduate from the program on Friday, September 28, 2018. The graduation ceremony will be held at 10:00am ET at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership at Fort Knox, KY.

Where Opportunity Knox, in partnership with Fort Knox Education Services, launched the new 8-week Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program in February 2017. In this program, senior military leaders, in the beginning stages of their transition to a civilian career, have the opportunity to spend four days a week working in a regional business where they work on projects, shadow business leaders and experience the civilian workplace. Each Fellow also receives weekly classroom training on Mondays at Fort Knox to learn about resume writing, interview skills, using social media in a job search, etc.

The five Fellows who will graduate from the program as part of this cohort include Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Crumlin II who participated at GE Appliances; Chief Warrant Officer Bassirou Ndiaye at Transit Authority River City (TARC); Sergeant First Class Robert Lopez at GE Appliances; Sergeant First Class Jason Boyer at Jim Beam Suntory; and Sergeant First Class Tony McKinzy at UPS. All are Army Soldiers from Fort Knox.

Following this September graduation ceremony, 47 Fellows will have graduated from the program in the first seven cohorts. A record 90% of the Fellows who participated in the 2017 quarterly cohorts have already taken new jobs in the Greater Louisville region. One additional quarterly cohort is planned for 2018 and Where Opportunity Knox is actively recruiting other companies to participate. If your company is interested in joining the Corporate Fellowship Program, please contact Whitney Allen at Whitney@WhereOpportunityKnox.com.

Where Opportunity Knox, which launched in September 2014, is a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and military spouses to jobs and careers in the Greater Louisville region, now through focused efforts to bring Veteran talent to the employer’s doorstep through fellowships and showcases. By connecting Veteran talent to employers in our region through impactful workplace experiences including the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program as well as partial-day Employer Showcases, transitioning military personnel get a firsthand understanding of what it is like to work at some of our region's great companies. These events provide Where Opportunity Knox clients the opportunity to explore available job opportunities in a hands-on way, engage with those who are doing the jobs today and hear from company leadership about careers. And Participating Employers have the opportunity to showcase their companies to some outstanding Veteran talent. A win-win!

Where Opportunity Knox is currently funded by the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area, the Duke Energy Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board, and the Ogle Foundation. Three regional chambers of commerce, Greater Louisville Inc., the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and One Southern Indiana, designed and implemented this initiative. For more information about Where Opportunity Knox and to participating in the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program, visit www.whereopportunityknox.com.