Some retired soldiers find it difficult to adjust to life outside of the military. Jobs skills that were valuable in the military don’t always transition well for civilian careers. A new program, Service2Software, is aiming to make this change a little easier. The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the program’s public launch on April 30 in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony also doubled as a graduation for the program’s first participants; Kyle Shannon, Skyler Hawkins, Daniel Adams, and Skyler Levinson.
The ribbon cutting ceremony kicked off at the at the Bacon-Fraser home on 208 E Court St, with program founder Paul Tocci giving a speech about the importance on following one’s heart, and on how the career program came to be. After the speech, former soldiers were welcomed up front one at a time to receive their graduation plaques from co-founder and program director, David Hester, and to have their picture taken. As the photos were taken, Tocci listed how each graduate excelled in the program and what companies and positions they’ve been able to secure thanks to Service2Software. One graduate in particular stood out; Kyle Shannon was described by Tocci as “being the leader of [the] organization”. He was the ideal candidate for the program and showed the founders the true potential of their program. Shannon will stay on with Service2Software to help it grow.
While currently a small program confined to the Fort Stewart and Hunter military bases, Tocci is working to expand the program to the rest of the country. He said he hopes to have offices all over the country by 2020.