• 28-OCT-2014

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

2014 General Motors: Service Men and Women "Shifting Gears"

12-Week Automotive Technician Training Provided By GM, the Army and Raytheon Helps Transitioning Soldiers to Become Automotive Technicians

Soldiers transitioning to civilian life bring exceptional training, values and experience to their communities and the workforce. However, for some the transition and finding a new career path can be challenging. But now, thanks to a partnership between GM, the Army and Raytheon, a new program is available that provides training to returning Army personnel and will aid them in post service career endeavors.

Shifting Gears is a 12-week customized automotive technician training curriculum that includes classroom, online and hands-on technical training. Upon successful course completion and program graduation, veterans receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from an Army Soldier for Life center. They also receive access to available auto technician employment opportunities through GM's authorized dealer network. GM's dealer network needs approximately 2,500 entry-level technicians annually and qualified technicians often are in short supply. This initiative will help transitioning soldiers and create qualified technicians to help GM and local dealer communities.

On October 28, just after the completion of the inaugural session of Shifting Gears, Ken Barrett, GM Diversity Officer and COL Matthew G. Elledge, Garrison Commander at Fort Hood, will be available for satellite interviews, live from Fort Hood in Killeen, TX where the training is being held. They will be able to talk in more detail about the program, who is eligible to participate in the course, what is involved in the curriculum and other services graduates receive.