Wyakin expands capabilities to support veteran career path development

Cory Rodriguez, Wyakin Foundation President
Wyakin Foundation President Cory Rodriguez says skilled trades are a "critical part of this country’s economy and often provide a quicker route to employment."

The Wyakin Foundation announces it recently expanded its vision to include the areas of skilled trade.

Previously, veterans were encouraged to attend a four-year degree program to ready them for the civilian workforce. The Wyakin Foundation says it expanded its capabilities when it saw a need to address more career opportunities for veterans.

The group's newly advanced Wyakin Works prepares veterans for employment by attending a trade school or through an apprenticeship. This has opened a lot of doors for veterans who would not have found the four-year degree as an option for their future careers. This expansion was spearheaded by Executive Director Cory Rodriguez.

“The Wyakin Foundation is proud to add the Wyakin Works program as we continue to serve the needs of all our veterans, empowering them in the careers of their choosing," says Rodriguez. "The skilled trades are a critical part of this country’s economy and often provide a quicker route to employment. Our veterans will be well-equipment to meet workforce needs in the future while achieving their personal and professional goals.”

Another area of need that the Wyakin Warriors have expanded within is the CDL Licensing. As the need for truck drivers continues to grow, the Wyakin Wheels Program has been developed to assist veterans in the training and licensing needed to secure their CDL Licensing.

Wyakin logoDedicated. Hard Working. Disciplined. These attributes describe some of the stellar qualities that veteran candidates possess who have graduated from the Wyakin Foundation program. Over the years, the heavy-duty aftermarket trucking Industry has found excellent candidates for employment from a pool of military veterans that have completed the Wyakin Foundation program. 

The Wyakin Foundation mission is “To serve as a conduit, connecting wounded and injured veterans to their successful and fulfilling civilian futures through education, development, and guidance.”  It is headquartered is located in Boise, Idaho, and is currently expanding its services throughout the United States to provide companies who are looking for talented, hard-working, disciplined veterans for their team.

As the need for both the Wyakin Works and the Wyakin Wheels Program continues to flourish, Wyakin says there is a waiting list of veterans who would like to enroll in these programs to ready themselves for the civilian workforce. 

“Like anyone else, veterans are not one size fits all. By expanding their program to include the various trades it will enable Wyakin to serve a broader group of veterans. Additionally, the increased number of Wyakin veterans will provide more opportunities for the heavy-duty industry to find talented candidates for high demand positions,” says Brandon Woodard, a Wyakin alum who is currently in operations management for the aftermarket parts warehouse for SAF-Holland. 

The heavy-duty aftermarket industry can make a huge impact in this worthy cause through their donations to the Wyakin Foundation and supporting the organization moving forward. For more information, go to the Wyakin website or email [email protected].  

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