A Caliber Collision trainer works with a Fort Bragg soldier at Changing Lanes Academy in Fayetteville, N.C. (Photo: Caliber Collision)

A new academy is giving Fort Carson soldiers nearing the end of their military service the chance to jump-start their civilian careers through an innovative collision repair training program.

Applications are now open for the first Fort Carson cohort at Changing Lanes Falcon Academy, launched by auto body repair company Caliber Collision.

Classes will run every seven weeks with 14 positions available in each, according to a news release issued by Caliber Collision. Soldiers participating in Changing Lanes will receive free training, certification and employment opportunities before they transition out of the military.  

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

According to Caliber, Falcon Academy in the Springs is the third Changing Lanes Academy the company has launched nationwide over the past 18 months. The first Changing Lanes Academy opened in 2017 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, followed by another at Fort Hood, Texas.

To date, more than 100 service members have graduated from those two programs, according to the news release. With the addition of Fort Carson, the company aims to train 300 soldiers per year nationwide.

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“We appreciate all of our community partners who work to help our transitioning soldiers,” Fort Carson Director of Human Resources Mike Webb said in the release. “Industry knowledge and skills that can help bridge the gap greatly assists them in their transition to the civilian life.”

To apply, email ChangingLanes@CaliberCollision.com.