A New Path for Veterans

September 20, 2017 | By Mark Reynolds

WyoTech is a proven resource and viable option for veterans looking to change careers. With more than one-fourth of our current students retired from the military, there is no shortage of experience and expertise when it comes to educating veterans.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the automotive repair and maintenance industry is anticipated to add tens of thousands of new jobs in the coming years. With many open jobs and not enough candidates to fill them, employers are frequently reaching out to WyoTech to recruit students for open positions.

WyoTech’s associate vice president of military admissions, David Groce, works hard to support veterans looking to change careers by helping them choose programs that will best fit their existing skills set.

“WyoTech has a long history of supporting veterans with programs that help them transition from the military into careers in the civilian world,” said Groce, who is a veteran himself.

WyoTech’s military admissions team provides support and camaraderie to veteran students by offering them new opportunities and fueling their drive to complete school and excel in life outside of the military. WyoTech has three campuses in the U.S.—Daytona, Florida; Laramie, Wyoming; and Blairsville, Pennsylvania—that offer a variety of programs including:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision and Refinishing Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Marine Specialist
  • Motorcycle Technology

Caden Smith is one of the many veterans who chose WyoTech post-military. Smith trained as an Army aviation powertrain mechanic but shifted career paths toward diesel, thanks to the guidance and education at WyoTech.

“Military…opened my eyes to new opportunities, and it gave me the drive to get through school and achieve more,” Smith said. “My training at WyoTech definitely prepared me to enter the workforce.”

And, “WyoTech understands what U.S. military veterans need,” he added.

With the aid of the GI Bill covering his educational expenses, Smith graduated in 2013 with an associate degree in diesel. Even before graduating, Smith landed a job as a service technician for Tans-Source Truck & Trailer Center, a large dealership in Colfax, North Carolina.

Another veteran to choose WyoTech post-military is Bryan Barger. An Air Force veteran, Barger enrolled in WyoTech to focus on collision repair, car restoration and customization.

Barger owns his own shop, Son of a Fink Kustoms in Mountain Home, Idaho, where he often hires both veterans and other WyoTech alum to help with body work.

As a testament to its programs for veterans, WyoTech has been designated a Best of the Best Veteran Friendly School by U.S. Veterans Magazine and a Top Ten Gold Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

Mark Reynolds is the Executive Director of WyoTech.