Military Hiring Academy

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Expand Your Talent Pool By Hiring Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses

The Kentucky Chamber Foundation's Workforce Center is hosting the Military Hiring Academy Cohort II in May 2024! 

The Military Hiring Academy, presented by the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, aims to provide businesses with training and experiences to find, hire, and retain military talent (veterans, service members leaving the military, and military spouses). 

Key Reasons Employers Should Get Involved

1. Facilitating Veteran Employment: Many veterans face challenges in transitioning from military service to civilian employment due to differences in terminology, work cultures, and the need to translate their skills and experience. The Military Hiring Academy provides guidance and resources to help employers better understand and value the unique skillsets and experiences that veterans bring to the workplace.

2. Addressing Workforce Needs: With many industries facing labor shortages, veterans represent a valuable talent pool with a diverse range of skills and training that can address workforce needs. The program helps employers tap into this pool of skilled and dedicated individuals.

3. Promoting Veteran Integration: Beyond just hiring, the Academy also focuses on retaining and supporting veterans within organizations. It provides strategies for creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that helps veterans thrive and fully integrate their talents and perspectives.

4. Fostering Partnerships: The program brings together employers, veteran service organizations, and other stakeholders to collaborate and share best practices in veteran hiring and retention. This promotes networking, knowledge-sharing, and the development of effective strategies tailored to the needs of both veterans and employers.

5. Supporting the Veteran Community: By facilitating veteran employment, the Military Hiring Academy contributes to the overall well-being and successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life, recognizing and valuing their service and sacrifices.

Training Includes

  • Learning best practices for finding, hiring, and retaining talent from the military
  • Connecting with support resources
  • Completing the Society for Human Resource Management “Veterans at Work” certificate
  • Attending a military installation job fair

Contact Callie Miracle at [email protected] for more information!

Register for the Military Hiring Academy


Military Hiring Academy Graduates:


Cohort I

Clayton Abernathy, Gray ConstructionMelanie Hatfield, Connected NationKathy Moran, Seven Counties Services
Brittany Allison, Willett CompanySonya Hendrix, WPT NonwovensAlex O’Daniel, UPS
Tina Chesher, UPSJanette Hodges, Central BankJeania Perry, Appalachian Wireless
Ava Childers, Appalachian Regional HealthcareArielle Hummel, Transit Authority of River CityRuben Ramos, FEAM Aero
Merrick Coleman, GallsTina Jasper, AE Electrical SolutionsKyle Reid, Safran Landing Systems
Martin David, University of KentuckyKim Jones, KCTCSAlexis Rose, Link Belt
Nicole Davis, Appalachian Regional HealthcareSusan Kinnett, Transit Authority of River CityRenwick Ross, DC Elevator
William DeVries, AE Electrical SolutionsRoni Lucas, IEC of the BluegrassPatty Sebree, Commonwealth Credit Union
Rachelle Druffel, MGP IngredientsKimberly Mallory, University of LouisvillePatrick Smith, KYSHRM
Amy Duncan, KCTCSRachel Manzullo, UK Federal Credit UnionDanita Taylor, KYSHRM
Courtney Emery, Four RosesChristy McGuire, Centre CollegeMachelle Taylor, Gray Construction
Rebekah Evans, DC ElevatorGayle Milam, Republic BankLesley Thompson, Toyota Boshoku


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