Transitioning service members gather at CPI

| July 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Transitioning service members and visitors pose for a remembrance photo in front of a historical officer housing structure. (Photo by Story and photo by
Julia Rivera Reyes, Directorate of Human Resources)

Julia Rivera Reyes
Directorate of Human Resources
Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program

PEARL HARBOR — Mathew Matunas, the Soldier for Life program manager, and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry of Installation Management Command-Pacific, visited Hawaii’s first Career Skills Program with Concrete Preservation Institute or CPI, here, June 23.
The third cohort of this program started on June 5 with 10 active duty service members, including nine Soldiers and one Sailor.

The transitioning service members will be trained to prepare for careers in the concrete, construction and infrastructure industry while preserving national landmark structures at the Valor in the Pacific Historical Monument, home to the Arizona Memorial.

Scott Burghardt, vice president and director of Operations, and Steven Aguilar, program and safety manager, train the group.

The CPI Career Skills Program is focused on providing knowledge and experience in the concrete industry and on helping service members grow and develop toward a professional career after their separation from the military.

Participants will connect directly with industry professionals and CEOs to kick start their professional network and gain firsthand accounts of the industry and introductions to career opportunities. Participants will also gain hands-on skills in concrete construction through the preservation of historic structures.

Projects consist of evaluation of structures, surveying, safety and risk assessment, safe tool usage, plan reading and drawings, as well as project management, cost estimation, scheduling and other skills.

The Career Skills Program, managed by the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program, provides training opportunities to facilitate the transition of Soldiers into private sector jobs and careers.

Hawaii’s first Career Skills Program started in September 2016 and will be expanded to four programs by the end of 2017.

(Editor’s note: Reyes is the Career Skills Program installation administrator. Contact her at 655-6569.)  


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