Caliber announces Changing Lanes programme

Caliber Collision has announced the opening of its Changing Lanes Falcon Academy, an innovative training program for Ft. Carson soldiers nearing the completion of their military service, to learn skills for a successful new career in the fast-growing collision repair industry.

The first cohort started on 28 August with additional classes every seven weeks with 14 positions available in each. Participants in Changing Lanes receive free training, certification and employment opportunities prior to transitioning out of the US Armed Forces.

Upon successful completion of the 18-week programme, which consists of a combination of class instruction and hands-on training, participants receive employment offers at Caliber locations throughout Colorado and nationwide. Each graduate will also receive a $12,000 toolbox to jump start their careers.

Falcon Academy in Colorado Springs is the third Changing Lanes Academy launched by Caliber Collision over the past 18 months. The first Changing Lanes Academy opened in 2017 at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, followed by Ft. Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Mike Webb, Fort Carson director of human resources, said, ‘We appreciate all of our community partners who work to help our transitioning soldiers. Industry knowledge and skills that can help bridge the gap greatly assists them in their transition to the civilian life.

Steve Grimshaw, Caliber Collision CEO said, ‘Changing Lanes is an absolute win-win for our military heroes and Caliber. Transitioning soldiers gain valuable skills to jump start a rewarding collision repair career. Caliber Collision benefits from bringing on board teammates whose military training and background mirrors our core values and our commitment to provide complete satisfaction as we restore the rhythm of lives.’