On Tuesday October 8th, the first round of graduates became certified General Motors technicians through GM’s partnership with the U.S. Army and Raytheon Company titled ‘Shifting Gears.’
The program looks to empower returning soldiers with hands-on course work and training at the Texas Fort Hood base to help reintegrate into civilian life. The 12-week program has been years in the making, and teaches essential skills to allow returning soldiers the opportunity to further serve as a technician at a General Motors dealership.
“GM has supported our nation’s military for more than 100 years. Along with our thousands of employees who have served in the military, we’re eager to provide opportunity and advocate for these transitioning soldiers,” said GM Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett. “They offer such skill, ability and experience – and they’re going to be valued employees for our dealer partners.”
23 soldiers were awarded certification, and graduated as GM technicians at the ceremony. The Shifting Gears program is also a part of the Army Soldiers For Life agenda, which provides assistance in career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from Army Soldier for Life centers, and access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network.