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Monday, 07 January 2019 17:25

Caliber Collision’s Changing Lanes Program Offers Ft. Carson Soldiers Employment, Toolbox

The first Fort Carson graduates from the 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. The first Fort Carson graduates from the 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.

The transition 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, located near Colorado Springs, CO, graduated stress-free from Caliber Collision’s Changing Lanes Falcon Academy with a $12,000 toolbox and a secure employment offer of a new career in the fast-growing collision repair industry.

 

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 the 18-week Changing Lanes program 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, NC, followed by Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX. With the addition of Fort Carson, Caliber Collision expects to train 300 soldiers per year through Changing Lanes.

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