ANCHOR LEAD: For many service men and women, returning to civilian life means “shifting gears.” Brian Osuch has the story. (:60)
SCRIPT: Zero to Sixty, I’m Brian Osuch. Soldiers transitioning to civilian life bring exceptional training, values and experience to their communities and the workforce. That’s why GM has partnered with the Army and Raytheon for a new 12-week program called Shifting Gears. Colonel Matthew G. Elledge is in charge of the Fort Hood support.
CUT: (Col. Elledge) It’s an Army program and where we’re looking for soldiers that want to take the opportunity to be trained by the same organization that’s probably going to hire them. They can take the business track, they can take the education track or the entrepreneur track. We do all those things that will set them up for success as they transition out into the civilian world.
SCRIPT: Graduates then receive access to available auto technician opportunities, GM’s Ken Barrett…
CUT: (Barrett) We have about 2,500 service technician jobs that need to be filled every single year at GM dealerships around the county. And, we have this pool of talent here in the U.S. Army – it’s soldiers – that have done a lot of the same type of work that can be trained to be those service technicians.
SCRIPT: For more, go to StartShiftingGears.com. That’s Zero-to-Sixty from GM.
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