Career Skills Program graduates seven Soldiers

| December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Megan Szabla
Directorate of Human Resources
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR — The Schofield Barracks Career Skills Program graduated seven Soldiers from the first cohort with Concrete Preservation Institute (CPI) Field School.

CPI graduates pose for a remembrance photo: SPC Matthew Pearch, SPC Clint Everett, SSG AndrewParks, SGT Rodderick Johnson, SPC Terik Webb, SFC Benito Segura, SGT MariaValdez. (Photos by Eugene Kam)

CPI graduates pose for a remembrance photo: SPC Matthew Pearch, SPC Clint Everett, SSG AndrewParks, SGT Rodderick Johnson, SPC Terik Webb, SFC Benito Segura, SGT MariaValdez. (Photos by Eugene Kam)

The graduation took place, here, at the memorial to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, and it hosted guests and participants including the graduates, their family members, industry leaders, and federal and state partners.

The seven service members went through the 12-week-long class learning about preservation of national monuments, concrete basics, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, safety procedures and construction skills.

CPI is a nonprofit educational foundation that trains active duty military service members and post 9-11 veterans for careers in the concrete and construction industry while preserving national monuments.

CPI is an official partner of the U.S. National Park Service and has field school locations at both Pearl Harbor and Alcatraz Island, California. In Hawaii, Soldiers receive both classroom and hands-on training by restoring historic mooring quays on battleship row at Pearl Harbor.

Sgt. Maria Valdez receives her graduation diploma, with National Parks and CPI staff and Executive Officer, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Lt. Col. Britt London. (Photo by Eugene Kam)

Sgt. Maria Valdez receives her graduation diploma, with National Parks and CPI staff and Executive Officer, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Lt. Col. Britt London. (Photo by Eugene Kam)

Lt. Col. Britton London, executive officer, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, was a keynote speaker at the graduation, and he congratulated the Soldiers on their accomplishment and the foundation they have set for future cohorts.

Other speakers included Jacqueline Ashwell, National Park Service; Dr. Tanya Komas, CEO of CPI; and various members and investors from the industry.

The Career Skills Program, with help from CPI, will track the hiring status of all the participants thus forward.

(Editor’s note: Rasmussen is a Transition Services Specialist at Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program at DHR.)

 

 

Graduates, CPI staff and Industry Leaders celebrate the first cohort graduation of the CPI Career Skills Program. (Photo by Eugene Kam)

Graduates, CPI staff and Industry Leaders celebrate the first cohort graduation of the CPI Career Skills Program. (Photo by Eugene Kam)

Next Cohort

The next group will begin Jan. 30, with interviews being held Jan. 25.

Applications are available at the Transition Center, Soldier Support Center, Bldg. 750, Schofield Barracks.

For more information, contact Megan Szabla at (808) 655-6569.

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