New Caliber Collision academy gives Ft. Carson soldiers civilian opportunities in repair
Colorado Springs, Colo. –Caliber Collision announces the opening of its Changing Lanes Falcon Academy, an training program for Ft. Carson soldiers nearing the completion of their military service, to learn skills for a successful new career in the fast-growing collision repair industry.
The first cohort started Aug. 28, with additional classes every seven weeks with 14 positions available in each. Participants in Changing Lanes receive free training, certification and employment opportunities prior to transitioning out of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Upon successful completion of the 18-week program, which consists of a combination of class instruction and hands-on training, participants receive employment offers at Caliber locations throughout Colorado and nationwide. Each graduate will also receive a $12,000 toolbox to jump start their careers.
“We appreciate all of our community partners who work to help our transitioning soldiers,” said Mike Webb, Fort Carson director of Human Resources. “Industry knowledge and skills that can help bridge the gap greatly assists them in their transition to the civilian life.”
To date, more than 100 service members have graduated from Caliber Collision’s Changing Lanes programs at Ft. Bragg and Ft. Hood. Caliber Collision anticipates enrollment of 50 additional soldiers by the end of this year at Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Carson and other military installations throughout the country. The company’s overall goal is to train 300 soldiers per year with the addition of Fort Carson.
To apply for the military service training program, visit ChangingLanes@CaliberCollision.com.