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Boots To Business helps veterans find jobs

Boots To Business helps veterans find jobs

By Tina Patel. CREATED Sep 9, 2012

(KTNV) -- Ten veterans are making the transition from military service to management positions, thanks to the Boots To Businesss program.  The 10-week management training and support program is being put on by MGM Resorts International and the American Red Cross.

"We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in the development of an innovative program that identifies, recruits, trains and supports recent U.S. Military veterans into MGM Resorts as entry-level Management positions," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

"Among post-9/11 veterans nationally, unemployment stands at 9.5 percent and for those who are 24 years and younger, the unemployment rate is 29 percent," said Michelle DiTondo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources from MGM Resorts International. "The Boots To Business Program meets an important societal need, as well as a crucial business imperative to recruit highly-motivated leaders into our Company," DiTondo added.

"Boots To Business answers a need that local veterans have, in that it helps corporations look at the special talents that returning veterans possess, and how to best integrate those skill sets into the corporate structure," says Scott Emerson, Southern Nevada CEO of the American Red Cross. "It allows both the company and the veteran to examine how they can best work with one another to create a relationship of value to one another. It has truly been a pleasure to work with the MGM team to make this program a reality."

To find out more about the program and apply for future classes, go to www.redcrosslasvegas.org, or call 702-369-3038.