Where Opportunity Knox has announced that it has added office hours at the University of Louisville and at Greater Louisville Inc. to better serve the needs of its transitioning veteran clients and their spouses. These are the first office hours held outside of Fort Campbell and Fort Knox for the organization.
The goal of Where Opportunity Knox, which started in September 2014, is to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville region by the end of 2017. So far, the group has connected 3,023.
In addition to the more than 3,000 of those transitioning soldiers stationed at Fort Knox and 5,000 stationed at Fort Campbell, approximately 100,000 transitioning soldiers a year go through to the Army’s Soldier for Life transition assistance program headquartered at Fort Knox. No matter where a soldier starts to “transition out,” all paperwork is handled in this region.
The greater Louisville region is the only region in the country that has an initiative like this, according to the group. Regional Veteran Connectors, or RVCs, work with transitioning vets to provide assistance and connections in communities around the region. The program also works with regional employers to help provide them with workers who are young, trained and talented.
“The RVCs usually go wherever the veterans are located within the region,” said Ann Reiter, chief executive. “We meet them at coffee shops, libraries, restaurants, sometimes their military units if they are still on active duty. We are excited to now have office spaces and hours around the region.”
Where Opportunity Knox will have access to GLI’s conference room and other services. According to Reiter, the organization is also working with GLI’s economic development team to develop other initiatives for the program.
As IL reported Wednesday, GLI CEO Kent Oyler announced that talent acquisition was becoming the organization’s top priority for the next three years.
Office hours at Greater Louisville Inc. are by appointment only. GLI is at 614 West Main Street, Suite 6000. Office hours at University of Louisville will be held every Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., in the Career Development Center, at 2211 South Brook Street. There are an estimated 900 students at UofL who are veterans.