Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region, graduated its first 2018 cohort and fifth cohort overall of an 8-week Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The graduation ceremony was held at Palma Hall at Fort Knox.
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 4 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 thirteen Fellows who graduated from the program as part of this cohort included Sergeant First Class Anthony Torres who participated at Jim Beam Suntory; Sergeant First Class Yvette Poole who participated at Flex Films; Sergeant First Class Donald Jenkins at Brown-Forman; Master Sergeant Russ Watts at the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs; Sergeant First Class Jason Kirk at Family Scholar House; Sergeant First Class Donald Anderson, Sergeant First Class Marie Cantu, Master Sergeant Frank Lett and Colonel John Clement at GE Appliances; and Master Sergeant Robert Kubash, Lieutenant Colonel Stephanie Bowers, Sergeant First Class Jerry Bryant and Sergeant First Class Stephen Rogers at Trilogy Heath Services.
Following this May graduation ceremony, thirty-three Fellows have graduated from the program in the first five cohorts. A record 90% of the Fellows who participated in the 2017 quarterly cohorts have already taken new jobs in the Greater Louisville region. Three additional quarterly cohorts are 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 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.