KBR, Inc. announced today it is creating a program to train active duty military in the pipefitting trade to assist service members who desire to pursue an industrial civilian career following their military service. The initiative is in partnership with Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and Fort Polk, located in Vernon Parish, Louisiana.
The Veteran Pipefitting Training Program was created for active duty military at Fort Polk and applicants will be selected for the sixteen week program by Fort Polk's Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) and KBR. Trainees will receive training credentials for both academic and hands-on practice by the National Center for Construction Education and Research upon the successful completion of the course.
"KBR is proud to help provide this great opportunity for soldiers to continue their education and build upon the foundation of their military training," said David Zelinski, President of KBR's Onshore Americas business division. "This generation's post-9/11 veterans represent an extraordinary pool of talent and leadership that the craft industry needs. Our training partnership with Fort Polk provides a vehicle for veterans to translate their skills into the craft professions while supporting their transition to the civilian world," continued Zelinski.
KBR is making a significant investment in CLTCC's facilities for this training program as well as covering fees associated with the instructors who will be key contributors to the overall success of this program.
"We are thrilled at the opportunity for our Fort Polk & Transition Assistance Program to partner with KBR," said Col. David G. Athey, Fort Polk Garrison Commander. "The leadership at Fort Polk has been behind this program from day one. It is a great honor to be part of a program that further develops the skills of our veterans to help them prepare for a career in the craft labor industry. The talents that these soldiers bring to the table are invaluable and we are excited that KBR wants to help our veterans succeed after serving our country." continued Athey.
KBR has a long history of working alongside of the U.S. military and is proud to continue that tradition with helping veterans transition from military service to successful civilian careers.