Fort Carson Soldiers Receive $12,000 Toolbox, Employment Offers as First Graduates of New Changing Lanes Program
OLORADO SPRINGS (January 2, 2019) – Transitioning from a regimented military environment to the unpredictability of civilian life is one of the most stressful times for many soldiers.
Four soldiers from Fort Carson graduated stress-free from Caliber Collision’s Changing Lanes Falcon Academy, armed with a $12,000 toolbox, a secure employment offer and new career in the fast-growing collision repair industry.
The first Fort Carson graduates from Changing lanes Falcon Academy are (Left to right) Specialist Patrick Horn of Oakland, CA, Specialist Adrian Jimenez Cruz of Salinas, CA, Master Sergeant Robert Apfelbaum and Specialist McKinley Kerns, both of Colorado Springs.
Changing Lanes is an innovative, free training program for Fort Carson soldiers nearing the completion of their military service, to learn skills for a successful new career in the collision repair industry. Participants in 18-week Changing Lanes receive certification and employment opportunities prior to transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The first Changing Lanes Academy opened in 2017 with Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, followed by Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas. With the addition of Fort Carson, Caliber Collision expects to train 300 Soldiers per year through Changing Lanes.