LOUISVILLE, Ky. – July 14, 2016 — Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region by the end of 2017, announced today that Linda Larson has been hired as a Regional Veteran Connector to provide Veterans and their families with personalized assistance during their transition to civilian life.
Larson is a 22 year retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, most recently serving as a Recruiting Office Supervisor for the Kentucky Air National Guard in Louisville, Kentucky. Previously she was a Recruiting and Retention Non Commissioned Officer in Costa Mesa, California and a Professional Military Education Instructor at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tennessee.
“We are delighted to have Linda join our team as Regional Veteran Connector,” said Ann Reiter, Where Opportunity Knox Executive Director. “She will be a great asset to our program as she helps connect employers seeking talent and Veterans seeking opportunities.”
As a Regional Veteran Connector (“RVC”), Larson will work one-on-one with Veterans and their families, providing them with concierge-type services to help them connect to career opportunities, build a professional network in the region and just as importantly, find a community in the Greater Louisville Region that suits their particular needs. RVCs, typically Veterans themselves who once faced the same transition process, identify and connect Veterans to regional resources that can respond to their specific needs including information on local school systems and other educational opportunities, healthcare information and amenities, etc. In addition, RVCs work with employers to identify talent and workforce needs and gain commitment to Veteran hiring. RVCs also help these organizations understand how to translate military jobs skills to the civilian sector.
Larson has multiple degrees including a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of La Verne, and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Tusculum College. She has associate degrees in Human Resources, Instruction and Training, and Logistics from the Community College of the Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama. Larson served as an Aerospace Science Instructor and conducted leadership training programs for new cadets. She is a member of the Women’s Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC and a member of Veterans in Film and Television, Los Angeles, CA.
Where Opportunity Knox, which launched in September 2014, is a unique regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning Veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville region by the end of 2017. While numerous employers throughout the country have made the commitment to hire Veterans, there is no geographic region that has taken on this challenge. With approximately 100,000 Soldiers transitioning from active duty through the Army Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) which is headquartered at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command located at Fort Knox, Ky. and more than 3,000 of those transitioning Soldiers stationed at Fort Knox, Greater Louisville’s 26-county region has a unique economic development opportunity to tap into this highly skilled Veteran talent like nowhere else in the nation.
This initiative is not a job placement service but instead is about developing a pipeline of transitioning Veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work – a place that values Veterans, offers a high-level quality of life and has a diverse and robust economy with available jobs and careers. Through a network of RVCs and a host of knowledgeable volunteers, Where Opportunity Knox is making the connections Veterans need to find the right civilian job and the right civilian community. Where Opportunity Knox also provides an online resource for transitioning families to get information about the overall quality of life in the Greater Louisville Region including jobs, schools and more.
Where Opportunity Knox is currently funded by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Ogle Foundation. Kentucky Indiana Exchange (KIX), managed by three regional chambers of commerce including 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 learn more about hiring opportunities for Veterans, visit www.whereopportunityknox.com.
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