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April 11, 2018 9:28am

Where Opportunity Knox Completes Successful First Year of Fellows Program with 90% of Graduates Finding Jobs in Region

Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region, continues to connect Veteran talent to employers in our region, now through focused efforts to bring Veteran talent to the employer’s doorstep through successful programs like the Senior Leaders Corporate Fellowship Program (SLCF), an eight-week workplace experience with local employers.

In December, Where Opportunity Knox graduated its fourth cohort of the SLCF, bringing the total number of graduates to 20 for 2017, of whom 18 – a record 90% – already have taken new jobs in the Greater Louisville region! Thank you to our participating employer partners Brown-Forman, Family Scholar House, GE Appliances, Trilogy Health Services and UPS who hosted the Fellows in 2017. Quarterly cohorts are scheduled for 2018 with plans to continue to scale the program. The first cohort began in February with 13 participants, our largest cohort yet.

As part of this unique program which launched in February 2017, senior military leaders, in the final stages of their transition to a civilian career, 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 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!

Where Opportunity Knox is actively recruiting other companies to participate in future cohorts. 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.