By giving up his job, leaving friends and family behind and going to basic training in Missouri early next year, Steven Corcilius, 24, has a story similar to thousands of others across the country who are gearing up for a military future.
But thanks to a new partnership between the U.S. Army and OmniTRAX, officials said he and countless veterans returning from service will have a leg up on an often uncertain job market and reintegration into American society.
“You just never know,” he said, describing the program as a safety net for veterans after years of service. “I feel good about it.”
Senior representatives from the Army and OmniTRAX formally recognized the partnership in front of service members and Windsor officials Tuesday near a rail car at the Great Western Industrial Park on Litho Plate Drive.
The agreement is part of the Partnership for Youth Success, PaYS, program, which consists of more than 300 companies across the country that give returning Army veterans high priority when making hiring decisions. Companies and agencies who join the PaYS program often work alongside recruiters to ensure clear and achievable goals are set, aiding the hiring process after service.
The goal is to quickly and efficiently get trained soldiers contributing again in American life.
“It’s a great opportunity we can present,” said Lt. Col. William D. Rose, emphasizing life skills taught in the Army, including reliability, determination and being a self starter. He said these are valuable traits many partner companies look for.
“To me, it’s very reassuring,”
OmniTRAX, Inc. manages the Great Western Industrial Park situated southeast of downtown Windsor. The industrial area has been described by many as an epicenter of industrial growth along the Front Range and is home to developments such as Haliburton and Musket Corp.
“This will help us recruit individuals that we need in order to employ and operate this facility,” said Gary Long, president and CEO of OmniTRAX. “We’re very, very encouraged. We’re very, very honored.”
Mayor pro-tem Kristie Melendez also was at Tuesday’s event and said partnerships like this are a step in the right direction economically that really do benefit people who may need a helping hand after years of service for the country.
“I think this really fits hand in hand with our total goal of wanting to get people back in work and have a thriving economy again,” she said. “This program is a piece of that.”