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17 transitioning Soldiers complete career skills program training

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Seventeen Fort Knox Soldiers received Certif-icates of Achievement May 2 for completing one of two career skills programs available at Fort Knox. The Education Center hosted the graduation ceremony, held at Palma Hall.

Career skills programs provide no-cost training to Soldiers transitioning within 180 days from separation. Harriet Taylor, Career Skills Program installation administrator, said the programs are proving highly effective with transition.

“Career Skills Programs have proven to be successful in connecting Soldiers to employment prior to leaving the service,” Taylor said. “Soldiers often receive offers of employment from local business partners before training is complete.”

The Army Continuing Education System works closely with the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program and area businesses to provide education and training opportunities to transitioning Soldiers.

Thirteen Soldiers completed the Senior Leader Corporate Fellowship Program, a rigorous eight-week internship program that combines soft skills training and hands-on internship experiences with local employers. To date, 32 Soldiers have completed the program with 22 confirmed hires.

The program is open to enlisted Soldiers in the enlisted ranks of sergeant first class and above, and commissioned officers captain and above.

Four Soldiers completed a nine-week training program with New Horizons Learning Cen-ter. The courses included Microsoft training in CompTia A+, Network+, and Security+.

Education officials said with successful completion of these courses, Soldiers have the opportunity to sit for certification exams in multiple areas. At a minimum, they will earn the Security Information Technology Associate (SITA) certification. This program is open to any transitioning Soldiers regardless of rank.

Where Opportunity Knox, in coordination with the Fort Knox Education Center, serves as a liaison to local businesses who help provide the training opportunities.

All CSP programs include networking opportunities and a guaranteed job interview upon completion.

Soldiers are not limited to Fort Knox programs. There are currently 140 programs available across the United States, and commanders have the ability to approve up to 120 days of permissive temporary duty for attendance.

“The Fort Knox Career Skills Programs are growing and expanding to meet the needs of the local Soldier population,” said Taylor. “We are currently pursuing additional innovative, no-cost training options for Soldiers to make their transition from military to civilian life as seamless as possible.”

For information on additional programs, visit the Fort Knox Education Center, call Taylor at (502) 624-8246, email her at harriet.n.taylor.ctr@mail.mil, or visit the IMCOM CSP website at https://imcom.army.mil/Organi-zation/G1Personnel/CareerSkillsProgram.aspx.

Soldiers who completed the Senior Leader Corporate Fellowship Program include Col. John Clement, of U.S. Army Human Resources Command; Lt. Col. Stephanie Bounds, HRC; Master Sgt. Robert Kubash, from U.S. Army Medical Department Activity; Master Sgt. Frank Lett, 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 410th Regiment, 4th Cavalry Multifunctional Training Brigade; Master Sgt. Russell Watts, U.S. Army Cadet Command; Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kirk, 1-410 BEB, 4th MFTB; Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Bryant, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 4th MFTB; Sgt. 1st Class Maria Cantu, 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center; Sgt. 1st Class Donald Jenkins, 1-410 BEB, 4th MFTB; Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Torres, Headquarters-RSD, U.S. Army Recruiting Command; Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Rogers, HRC EPA-A; Sgt. 1st Class Donald Anderson, RRC; and Sgt. 1st Class Yvette Poole, 1-410 BEB, 4th MFTB.

Soldiers who completed the training program with New Hori- zons Learning Center include Sgt. 1st Class John Arreglado, Forward Support Company, 19th Engineer Battalion; Sgt. Bryan Stanton, 42nd Clearance Company, 19th Eng. Bn.; Spc. Enrique Daetz, 19th Eng. Bn.; and Spc. Benjamin Archer, 42nd CC, 19th Eng. Bn.