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 first cohort of 2018 for the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program (SLCF) and our largest cohort to date with 13 Fellows participating. Congratulations to Anthony Torres who will be working at Jim Beam Suntory; Yvette Poole at Flex Films; Donald Jenkins at Brown-Forman; Russ Watts at the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs; Jason Kirk at Family Scholar House; Donald Anderson, Marie Cantu, Frank Lett and John Clement at GE Appliances; and Robert Kubash, Stephanie Bowers, Jerry Bryant and Stephen Rogers at Trilogy Heath Services.
The cohort began their eight-week fellowship on February 19 with orientation and classes at Fort Knox and reported to their companies on February 20 for their first day of work. As part of this unique program which launched in February 2017, 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!
There are three more quarterly cohorts planned for 2018. 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.