Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region, is pleased to welcome our third cohort of 2018 for the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program (SLCF) with five Fellows participating.
Congratulations to Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Crumlin II who is working at GE Appliance; 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 Ft. Knox.
The cohort began their eight-week fellowship on August 6 with orientation and classes at Fort Knox and reported to their companies on August 7 for their first day of work. As part of this unique program which launched in February 2017 in partnership with Fort Knox Education Services, selected individuals who are transitioning to civilian life spend four days a week 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 Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program has proven to be an impactful way for transitioning military personnel to get a firsthand understanding of what it’s like to work at some of our region’s great companies. Where Opportunity Knox’s Veteran clients have the opportunity to work side by side with a company’s employees for eight weeks to experience what it’s like to be part of the civilian workforce. And Participating Employers have the opportunity to connect with some outstanding Veteran talent. A win-win!
Following the June graduation ceremony of the second 2018 cohort, 42 Fellows have graduated from the program in total. A record 90% of the Fellows who participated in the 2017 quarterly cohorts have already taken new jobs in the Greater Louisville region, illustrating the power of the Where Opportunity Knox Fellows Program to attract and retain talent to Greater Louisville.
There is one more quarterly cohort planned in 2018 and quarterly cohorts are planned for 2019. Where Opportunity Knox is actively recruiting other companies to participate. If your company is interested in joining the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program, please contact Whitney Allen at Whitney@WhereOpportunityKnox.com.
Where Opportunity Knox is funded through the generous support of 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.